Conor Coady is poised to become Sheffield United’s latest summer signing as David Weir’s Bramall Lane revolution continues to gather pace, writes James Shield.
Talks with the 20-year-old’s parent club Liverpool continued yesterday after Brendan Rodgers, Weir’s counterpart on Merseyside, gave his blessing to the move.
Although Coady is initially scheduled to spend the next six months with United, The Star can confirm Rodgers will consider extending the loan arrangement until the end of the League One season should it prove a success.
United’s football administration department were in the process of finalising the relevant paperwork as Weir’s first team squad completed its preparations for this afternoon’s friendly at Mansfield Town.
Barring any unforeseen complications - Coady’s arrival was described as being “almost a formality” by a well-placed source last night - the midfielder is likely to be unveiled with the next 72 hours.
Weir, who has already captured Febian Brandy, Lyle Taylor, Jasper Johns, Sean McGinty and Stephen McGinn since taking charge of United nearly six weeks ago, indicated he could make further additions ahead of their curtainraiser against Notts County next month.
“There are a few things we’re looking at doing but we’ll see,” Weir said. “We’ll only consider people who are going to fit in and bring something different to the table though otherwise there’s no point.
“I don’t want a huge squad because I think that can be counter-productive in the long-run. I’d rather have a smaller group with quality options who all feel as if they are going to be involved.”
The approach for Coady, an England team mate of United goalkeeper George Long at the recent FIFA under-20 World Cup, is a further indication of the faith Bramall Lane’s hierarchy possess in Weir’s judgement given they will almost certainly have to contribute towards the youngster’s salary.
Taylor, who completed a £250,000 transfer from Falkirk on Wednesday, is scheduled to make his United debut at Field Mill while Ryan Flynn could also feature.