By Derek Smithson
Sheffield United are expected to hold talks with Celtic this week over Gary Mackay-Steven, according to a report.
The Star claims that United have held “informal discussions” in the past about signing the 26-year-old, but the two clubs are set for further talks in the near future.
It is understood that the English club are expected to hold advanced talks after Aberdeen cooled their interest in Mackay-Steven, but Blackburn are also mentioned as an interested party.
The report details that United want to complete a permanent deal for the attacker, but the price tag may favour a loan deal instead.
The winger is expected to cost between £500,000 and £750,000, with his contract at Celtic not due to expire until 2019.
United are looking to build their squad following their promotion from League One as champions last season.
Mackay-Steven was on the fringes of the Celtic squad last season and was unable to cement his position in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
The Scottish left winger made 11 appearances across all competitions, but failed to complete 90 minutes or score a single goal.
Football Insider verdict:
Mackay-Steven is clearly viewed as surplus to requirement at the Scottish champions and it’s difficult to see him force his way back into contention. Rodgers has put his individual stamp on the side since his arrival last year and he was justified in his decision to omit Mackay-Steven for the most part. The 26-year-old is yet to play outside of Scottish football and a move to Sheffield United to experience the Championship should be an exciting prospect. He just lacks the end product that Rodgers is searching for in his side and he should look to move him on as soon as possible.
In other Celtic transfer news, Chris Sutton has identified the area the club must strengthen in the summer.