Are Sheffield United edging closer to Devante Cole's signing after Fleetwood Town's Tuesday announcement?

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager,  looks on during the pre season friendly match between Sheffield United and Stoke City at Bramall Lane on July 25, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

Sheffield United have long been linked with a move for the 22-year-old.

Devante Cole of Fleetwood Town in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood Town and Northampton Town at Highbury Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Fleetwood, England.

Sheffield United may have been handed their strongest signal yet that a rumoured Blades target could be heading to Bramall Lane in the near future.

United's deadline day move for Fleetwood Town striker Devante Cole - the details of which were made public via a Bleacher Report documentary - fell through at the final minute.

But with 12 goals in 30 games this season, it is unlikely the Blades' interest will have faded.

Fleetwood Town manager Uwe Rosler looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Fleetwood Town at Sixfields on August 12, 2017 in Northampton, England.

Indeed, the Sun reported last month that Sheffield United remain keen on a move for Cole - whose manager Uwe Rosler told the Blackpool Gazette last week he believes the player is 'definitely on the radar of some clubs'.

And Rosler has wasted little time implementing a contingency plan - bringing in Scunthorpe United striker Paddy Madden on Tuesday.

With Sheffield United striker James Hanson in talks with Bury - according to BBC Radio Sheffield reporter Andy Giddings - and Blades boss Chris Wilder hinting at a new arrival this week, it would perhaps be little surprise to see Cole head east in the coming days.

 

A general view of Bramall Lane before the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Brentford at Bramall Lane on August 5, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

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