Sheffield United eye move for free agent Martin Cranie

Martin Cranie of West Bromwich Albion during the Pre-season friendly between Barnet and West Bromwich Albion on July 7, 2018 in Barnet, United Kingdom.

HITC Sport understands Sheffield United are in talks to sign former Huddersfield defender Martin Cranie.

Martin Cranie of West Bromwich Albion during the pre-season friendly for the Regis Shield between West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City at The Hawthorns on July 28, 2018 in West Bromwich,...

Sheffield United are eyeing a move for free agent Martin Cranie as Chris Wilder looks to strengthen his squad, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Cranie is available on a free transfer after leaving Middlesbrough at the end of last season.

The 31-year-old has been training with West Bromwich Albion this summer and featured for them in pre-season.

 

West Brom were keen to offer the experienced defender a deal at the Hawthorns, but were waiting for players to leave before doing the deal.

That has allowed other interested parties to make a move for Cranie and Sheffield United are now ready to offer the versatile player the chance to move to Bramall Lane.

Martin Cranie of Huddersfield Town applauds the fans at full time during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on November 28, 2017 in London,...

Cranie, who can play anywhere across the backline, will provide valuable experience to the Sheffield United defence as they look to make a push for promotion back to the Premier League.

The former England Under-21 international has made over 350 appearances in his career during spells at Southampton, Portsmouth Coventry City, Barnsley, Huddersfield and Middlesbrough.

Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers at Bramall Lane on February 20, 2018 in...

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