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Reda Khadra transfer news: Paul Heckingbottom ‘confident’ of Sheff Utd signing as talks with Brighton reach advanced stage

Reda Khadra

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom says his team are sorting out the ‘final details’ of the Reda Khadra transfer from Brighton, and the manager is ‘confident’ the deal will reach completion.

Khadra spent last season on loan at Blackburn from Brighton. He enjoyed a good campaign, notching five goals and four assists in 27 matches.

The attacker, who can operate just behind the striker or on either wing, caused Sheffield United problems when playing against the Blades in the league last season.

He got on the scoresheet for Blackburn during their 3-1 victory over United at home. Khadra also impressed at Bramall Lane, although Heckingbottom’s side ran out 1-0 winners that time around.

Khadra’s displays have got United thinking and they recently began talks with Brighton over a loan switch to South Yorkshire.

The German’s long-term future also needs to be sorted out. His contract runs out next summer and United are interested in making his move permanent once the season-long loan ends.

Following United’s latest pre-season friendly against Mansfield Town, which ended in a surprise 3-0 loss, Heckingbottom was asked about Khadra’s potential move.

He told Yorkshire Live: “No progress. Sometimes it’s difficult and things come up that make it difficult, that’s the situation we are in.

Sheff Utd pursuing Reda Khadra agreement

“We have got to get an agreement between us and Brighton. I would say we are not far apart but sometimes that final bit of detail if you get that far is the one stumbling block.

“In my eyes not [far apart] but maybe in the eyes of the decision makers at both clubs maybe we are. I’m confident.”

It seems United are getting closer to making Khadra their player for the 2022-23 campaign. However, the final touches of the agreement still need to be sorted before this can become official.

Should the 21-year-old move to Bramall Lane, then he will become United’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window. They have already brought in Tommy Doyle on loan from Manchester City and Ciaran Clark on loan from Newcastle.

Their only permanent transfer so far came in the form of Anel Ahmedhodžić, who cost an initial £3million when joining from Malmo. This could rise to more than £5m if United gain promotion to the Premier League with the centre-back in the squad.

United should be among the favourites when it comes to getting a play-off place in the forthcoming campaign. They reached the play-off semi-final last term, despite enduring a few dismal months under Slavisa Jokanovic.

Heckingbottom managed to turn things around and having him in charge for a full season should see United compete with the league’s best teams. Adding players such as Khadra and Ahmedhodžić to their squad will only help too.