Sheffield United reportedly want Kean Bryan on play-first-pay-later deal after Rangers move fell through

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says a deal to bring Bryan to Rangers could not be reached.

First team player Vincent Kompany (L) shakes hands with Kean Bryan of Manchester City after the Premier League International Cup Final match between Manchester City and FC Porto at the...

The Sun reports (August 1st, live blog) that Sheffield United are hoping to sign Kean Bryan on a 'play-first-pay-later' deal after his proposed move to Rangers fell through.

Rangers appeared to be on the verge of bringing Bryan to Ibrox, only for the deal to collapse at the medical stage, according to the Scottish Sun.

 

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard later told BT Sport, however, that the club had failed to reach an agreement with the Manchester City defender, who wanted to 'keep his options open' - and Sheffield United could be the ones who profit.

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That said, the Sun's claim about the structure of the proposed deal suggests the Blades have reservations about signing the 21-year-old, which may or may not relate to those reports of an unsuccessful medical.

Kean Bryan of Oldham Athletic in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Oldham Athletic and Northampton Town at Boundary Park on December 9, 2017 in Oldham, England.

Some fans have speculated that United's Bryan interest could be linked to Brighton's pursuit of Jack O'Connell, although the Seagulls have now turned their attention away from the Bramall Lane star, according to the Argus.

Rangers, meanwhile, remain on the hunt for a left-side centre-half, after links to Millwall's Jake Cooper and Blackpool's Curtis Tilt of Millwall came to nothing.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Could Rangers regret their apparent failure to sign Bryan?

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