Fulham, Watford and Swansea City are competing to sign Kean Bryan from the Premier League’s bottom club Sheffield United, as reported by The Sun (11 April, page 67).
Well, they will always have that January night at the aptly named Theatre of Dreams.
There are worse places to score your first top-flight goal. And, as Bryan nodded home the opener in Sheffield United’s coupon-busting 2-1 win at Manchester United, Blades fans could have been forgiven for dreaming of an escape so dramatic and daring even Steve McQueen would struggle to pull it off.
Three months on, however, it’s fair to say that stunning triumph at Old Trafford was little more than a freak result.
Sheffield United have lost nine of 11 games since and, with Bryan out of contract in July, the one-time Manchester City starlet looks set to lead a summer exodus.
The Sun reports Watford, who are cruising towards automatic promotion alongside table-topping Norwich City, want Bryan to strengthen their back line as the Hornets prepare for life back in the top flight.
The 24-year-old is also a target for Swansea and a Fulham side still dreaming of a Houdini-esque escape act of their own, despite Friday’s bitter defeat to Wolves and Newcastle’s subsequent win at Burnley.