Falkirk flyer set to join Sheffield United before tour as £150,000 offer is accepted

Ryan Flynn
Ryan Flynn

RYAN Flynn is on the verge of becoming Sheffield United’s third summer signing after the club agreed a £150,000 fee with Falkirk for the talented winger.

The Star understands the move is likely to be completed today before the Blades head to Malta for their warm-weather training camp.

It is thought the Bramall Lane club beat off competition from Hearts for the 22-year-old’s signature.

Falkirk managing director George Craig said: “We’ve agreed a fee with Sheffield United and it’s up to Ryan to agree personal terms.

“He has been given permission to talk to them and undergo a medical.”

Flynn, who scored the winning goal in the FA Youth Cup Final for Liverpool against Manchester City in 2007, is expected to fill the slot vacated by Mark Yeates, who officially joined Watford last night.

United boss Danny Wilson will be hoping Flynn adds the creativity the team sorely missed in the final third last season.

Meanwhile, Yeates has agreed a two-year deal at Vicarage Road and is the second high-profile casualty to leave United following Darius Henderson’s departure last month.

The Dubliner told The Star: “Watford came in for me the other night and the chance to play Championship football was just too good to turn down. I spoke to Sean Dyche who is a young, hungry manager and he just persuaded me to come. I know there is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes at United and it was probably the best thing for all parties that I moved on.

“I have a lot of close friends at the club and I’m going to really miss them. It is just one of them things that happens in football.”

Yeates made 56 appearances at United, scoring seven goals.

Of the winger’s move, Wilson said: “Some of the lads are ambitious and want to play in the Championship, as you would expect, and we had a few nibbles. What I must also stress is we need to bring players in too.

“This isn’t just a one-way process.”