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Sheff Utd transfers: Heckingbottom raves over second summer signing as loan deal wrapped up

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom

Sheffield United have signed Yasser Larouci from Troyes on a season-long loan with an option to make the deal permanent.

The former Liverpool defender, 22, is the Blades’ second summer signing following their promotion to the Premier League.

Larouci, a France Under-21 international, told the club’s official website: “To play for Sheffield United and play in the Premier League, I think this is a good project for me. I am happy.

“We (Paul Heckingbottom) talked about the team, the project here and the formation and I think that will suit my game.

“I know a few players here like Rhian (Brewster) and Iliman (Ndiaye), so that will be good to see them again and to work with them.

“I can’t wait to play. Hopefully I can play a part in some of the friendly games, and I will have time to show what I can do on the pitch. It is a chance for me to adapt with the team and everything else.”

Larouci began his career at Le Havre and after joining Liverpool as a free agent in 2017 went on to make one appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side, as a substitute in a 1-0 FA Cup win against Everton in January 2020.

Blades boss thrilled with new addition

Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom added: “He’s a very front-footed player, he’s quick and loves to break forward from defensive positions, which is how we want to play.

“He’s played wing-back at his last club, but he’s also been comfortable in a back four as well. We’re really pleased to get this one done.”

The Blades signed Tunisia international Anis Slimane last week from Danish club Brondby on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, understood to be around £1.2million.

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