Sheff Utd ‘set to sign’ French winger from Parma

James Holland
Yann Karamoh Parma Sheff Utd

Championship side Sheffield United are close to bringing in Yann Karamoh from Parma, according to reports.

The Blades are looking to bolster their squad as they eye an immediate return to the Premier League.

They are short in wide attacking areas owing to the fact that they played 3-5-2 for much of last season, and it seems manager Slavisa Jokanovic is keen to change things up.

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According to Fabrizio Romano, Sheff Utd are on the verge of signing 23-year-old Karamoh.

He is a former France U21 international who mainly operates as a right winger, but can also play centrally or on the left if needed.

The deal will involve a season-long loan. It is unclear currently whether an option to buy will be included ready for next summer.

The player is undertaking a medical in Paris. Should that be completed then he will be formally announced as a Blade.

The signing suggests Jokanovic could operate with a 4-2-3-1 formation going forward, as was on show in the 0-0 draw with Swansea City.

In that game, the Serb was forced to use centre-forwards Rhian Brewster and Oli Burke on either wing.

Sheff Utd have already brought in two players before the transfer deadline at 11pm. Centre-back Ben Davies arrived from Liverpool, while Republic of Ireland midfielder Conor Hourihane joined on loan from Aston Villa.

On the transfer, Hourihane said: “I’m delighted to be here and cannot wait to get started. I’ve played against Sheffield United a few times and it is an exciting club to be involved in.

“The manager here has a great reputation in the Championship, his Fulham team beat us in a play-off final a couple of years ago and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

The 30-year-old will compete with the likes of John Fleck, Ollie Norwood and Sander Berge for a starting spot.

The Blades were in the market for midfield reinforcements after John Lundstram decided not to extend his contract. He has since linked up with fellow scouser Steven Gerrard at Rangers.

It has been a poor start to the season for Sheff Utd and Jokanovic, and the manager will be hoping their new arrivals can help to turn things around.

They sit 23rd in the Championship following two draws and three defeats in their opening five games.