Transfer news: Sheffield United beat Rangers to the loan signing of Everton starlet Kieran Dowell
Sheffield United have confirmed the signing of Everton starlet Kieran Dowell on loan until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old was linked with a move to Rangers, but it appears Steven Gerrard has failed to convince the highly rated prospect to come to Ibrox.
Dowell will officially move to Bramall Lane on January 2 once the transfer window opens.
Dowell was linked with a move north of the border earlier this month after Ovie Ejaria cut short his loan spell to return to Liverpool.
Speaking of the capture of Dowell, Blades boss Chris Wilder told the club’s official website: “We tried to sign Kieran in the summer when David Brooks left. Kieran is a talented player, left-footed, brings a balance to the group and gives us competition at the top of the pitch.
“He had a great loan at Nottingham Forest last season and was in and around the first-team at Everton in the summer when we tried to make a move then. We’ve been persistent, we’ve watched him, I went up to Scotland to watch him for England U21s and he’s a talented footballer who wants to play games.
“We’re looking for him to replicate what he did at Forest and hopefully a little bit more, we feel Kieran will add goals and assists to the group.”
The attacking midfielder will bring extra flair in the final third and proved his qualities by scoring 10 goals in 43 appearances for Nottingham Forest during a loan spell last season.
Dowell has been capped by England at U16s level, through to the U21s, where he has scored twice in 11 caps, playing alongside new Sheffield United teammate Dean Henderson this season.
Source: SportsLatest TS