Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Sheffield United have agreed a fee with Bournemouth for striker Lys Mousset, Football Insider understands.

THe Premier League new boys have been in the market for striking reinforcements all summer and now they are closing in on a deal for the former France Under-21.

A number of clubs have shown an interest in Mousset, but a Sheffield United source has told Football Insider the club have moved quickly to agree a fee with Bournemouth for the forward as they look to bolster their squad before the close of the transfer window next month.

The 23-year-old is keen to move on from the Cherries in search of regular first-team football and Sheffield United are ready to offer him that opportunity.

Mousset joined Bournemouth from Le Havre in the summer of 2016, but he has found himself playing a back-up role in Eddie Howe’s side.

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He has been a regular in Bournemouth’s squad and accumulated 28 appearances last season, but most of those were as a substitute and four of his five starts came in the cup competitions.

Callum Wilson, who agreed a new contract last week, and Josh King are the first choice forward in Eddie Howe’s side and the club spent £19million to sign Dominic Solanke from Liverpool in January.

He has scored five times in 71 Bournemouth appearances, nearly all of which have been as a sub, since signing from Le Havre in the summer of 2016.

In other Sheffield United news, it can be REVEALED that Birmingham City, Hull City and Wigan Athletic are plotting bids to sign one of Chris Wilder’s strikers.