Blades look to cut Albion’s keeper hopes

Sheffield United are reportedly set to offer goalkeeper George Long a new contract to ward off interest from West Brom.

West Brom: Blades look to cut Albion's keeper hopesWest Brom: Blades look to cut Albion's keeper hopes

The highly-rated 22-year-old custodian has made over a 100 appearances for the Blades since making his debut in a game against Swansea in 2011.

Long was loaned out to Oxford United and Motherwell in the last two years, but became the first-choice between the sticks under Nigel Adkins in this past League One campaign.

However, the Bramall Lane outfit’s failure to secure a play-off place has resulted in Adkins being sacked on Thursday, while Long is approaching the end of his current contract.

The Blades will be entitled to compensation because of Long’s age, but the club’s hierarchy are seemingly in no mood to lose a key man without a fight and will look to offer him a new deal to entice him to stay.

Albion chief Tony Pulis is thought to be keen on Long as a rival to Ben Foster and Boaz Myhill for the number one spot at the Hawthorns next season.

Much will probably depend on whether Long will want to risk spending a lot of time on the substitutes’ bench at a Premier League club or remain a first-choice playing week-in week out in the third tier with the Blades.

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