By Wayne Veysey

18th Sep, 2020 | 8:40am

Sheffield United Exclusive: Formal bid submitted for Rhian Brewster after new talks

Sheffield United have submitted a loan-to-buy offer for Liverpool sensation Rhian Brewster, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

Chris Wilder’s side have set their sights on prising the striker, 20, from Anfield after being given encouragement over a deal.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that United have tabled a formal bid for Brewster to join on an an initial loan that becomes permanent at the end of the season.

Liverpool are yet to respond to the offer as they weigh up whether to let the prolific young centre-forward go.

Options for the Merseysiders include a straightforward loan, a loan-to-buy or a permanent sale including a buy-back option.

Chris Wilder explained at his media conference yesterday he is keen to recruit a new striker before the 5 October transfer cut-off.

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The Yorkshire club have four senior centre-forward options in skipper Billy Sharp, Ollie McBurnie, David McGoldrick and the injured Lys Mousset.

Wilder has set his sights on Brewster to add a new and dynamic goalscoring option to his attack and has admitted talks have already been held with Liverpool.

The England Under-21 striker has attracted strong interest from multiple clubs in the Premier League and Championship this summer.

Aston Villa, Leeds United, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, Burnley and former loan club Swansea have all registered their interest, while top-four rivals Tottenham have also been keeping close tabs on Brewster’s situation.

The rising star enjoyed a successful loan stint away from Anfield last term, scoring 11 times in 22 appearances for Championship side Swansea City.

Brewster has only played three senior Liverpool matches but has long been regarded as one of the outstanding young talents in England.

He won the Golden Boot at the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 but his progress was interrupted by a serious knee injury in his late teens that robbed him of a year of his career.

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