Sheffield United have broken their transfer record to complete the signing of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool.
The Blades have agreed a deal worth up to £23.5m for the striker, who has signed a five-year contract. Reports indicate Liverpool will retain a buyback clause on the England Under-21 international.
There had been a lot of competition for Brewster after his impressive loan spell at Swansea in the second half of last season, but his future will now lie in Sheffield.
Upon the announcement of the move, the 20-year-old said: “It feels good to be here and I just can’t wait to get started to be honest. There were a few teams who came in but right now Sheffield United is the best option for me.
“Looking at the club, it is on the rise, finishing ninth last year and hopefully it can be better this season. Maybe I can add some goals, I’ll work hard and try and help the team to a higher place this year.
“It was good for me (last season at Swansea). I felt I needed game time, and I scored 11 goals in 22 which was great for me. I am not going to dwell on that though, this is a new season, and I want to come in here and show what I can do, and score goals for Sheffield United.
“I am ready to come in and show everyone what I’ve got. It is a team that creates a lot of chances, the three at the back, overlapping, they get crosses into the box and that’s my game – being in the box, finding space and one and two touch finishes. That’s what I am going to try and do, and try and score goals for Sheffield United.”
Wilder hails ‘natural goalscorer’ Brewster
Manager Chris Wilder explained why he was so keen to sign Brewster, who he described as one of the best young players in the country.
Wilder said: “At the top of the pitch we have one of the country’s hottest properties from Liverpool and for him to sign permanent here is fantastic for everyone concerned.
“There has been a lot of interest in him over the summer, a lot of speculation about who we were going for, but he has been our number one target and I am delighted to have secured his services.
“If you look at the signings we have made throughout the summer, it bodes well for the future of the football club. He’s a talent, as are a lot of the younger players we have brought in, whether that’s Oli Burke, Max Lowe, Jayden Bogle or Aaron Ramsdale, they are the profiles of the players we wanted to bring in during the summer, and we’re delighted we have done it.
“He’s a natural goalscorer. He finishes from any aspect, whether it is in the air or whether it’s spectacular goals, free-kicks or off his shin – he has a lovely habit of scoring goals, which is crucial in the Premier League.”