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Frank Fielding is close to joining Sheffield United

Bertrand Traore

Frank Fielding is considering a move away from Stoke City and is rumoured to join Sheffield United. The Blades could be edging closer to making their first signing of the winter.

Fielding is currently under the contract of Stoke City. Meanwhile, he has been able to play only a couple of matches in the FA Cup.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper started his youth career at Blackburn Rovers. He went on to play for various Championship sides, ultimately signing a short-term contract with Stoke in 2021. However, he does not have a single appearance for Stoke City in the Championship.

As a result, Fielding is looking for more game-time and re-evaluating the offers. On the other hand, The Blades are set to be low on numbers in the goalkeeping department.

As reported on Sheffield United News, Robin Olsen is set to cut his loan short. The Swedish goalkeeper is set to move to Aston Villa.

With Olsen set to leave and Jordan Amissah moving out on loan, Sheffield is left with limited options. They are just left with Foderingham as the first-choice goalkeeper and the inexperienced Jake Eastwood. Marcus Dewhurst could be another younger option if needed.

As a result, Sheffield United could see Fielding as the ideal backup option to current number one, Wes Foderingham.

Probability of the signing

Fielding has made over 170 appearances in the Championship. He has 2 under-19 and 12 under-21 caps for England. He made his name predominantly with Derby County and Bristol City.

So, Fielding is a highly experienced goalkeeper, and given his age of 33, he can still contribute to the team. Sheffield United will also get at a very low expense.

As a youngster, he was highly regarded in his times. Former United boss Nigel Clough was one of many to label Fielding ‘outstanding’ during his Derby days.

Sheffield United would also get the option to make Frank Fielding as a back-up to Foderingham or even as a starter. In any case, the deal seems to be good for both parties.

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