By Wayne Veysey

15th Aug, 2020 | 12:33pm

Sheffield United set to land marquee signing next week after huge bid - Sources

Sheffield United have lodged a new and improved bid for Bournemouth keeper Aaron Ramsdale of 18.5million, Football Insider understands.

The Blades have already had an offer of £12m for the 22-year-old knocked back by the south coast club following their Premier League relegation.

A United source has told Football Insider that the club have returned to the negotiating table with a fresh offer in their pursuit of Ramsdale.

The Yorkshire outfit are confident it will be accepted as they look to complete the signing of the England Under-21 international by next week.

Manager Chris Wilder is looking to reinforce the club’s goalkeeper ranks despite already signing Wes Foderingham this summer.

Dean Henderson has been the number one for the last two seasons, but he has only been on loan from Man United.

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Wilder has spoken of re-signing Henderson on loan for a third campaign but the pursuit of Ramsdale suggests that is up in the air.

Ramsdale took over as the Bournemouth first choice in 2019-20 and started 37 of their 38 league games as they suffered relegation to the Championship.

The shot-stopper joined the Cherries in January 2017 in a deal that was worth around £1m.

Sheffield United had a 15% sell on should Ramsdale be sold which will no longer be in effect as he’s returning to Bramall Lane.

Ramsdale has also learned his trade through loan spells at Chesterfield and Wimbledon.

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