Sheffield United: Blades expected to take-up goalkeeping option

Simon Moore is highly regarded by Sheffield United's coaching staff: David Klein/Sportimage
Simon Moore is highly regarded by Sheffield United's coaching staff: David Klein/Sportimage

Sheffield United are poised to activate a clause in Simon Moore’s contract which will tie him to Bramall Lane for a further 12 months.

Manager Chris Wilder wants the 28-year-old to remain with the Championship club next season, despite unveiling plans to bolster his goalkeeping options during the transfer window.

Moore’s present deal is scheduled to expire next summer. But it can be extended by another year, with the option understood to be weighted in United’s favour.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, that provision is almost certain to be triggered as Wilder presses ahead with his policy of securing the futures of his most senior players. Jack O’Connell, John Fleck and Leon Clarke were among those to agree extended and improved deals last term, while Wales international David Brooks is under contract until 2021.

Despite launching his search for reinforcements, Wilder recently reassured Moore about his importance to United’s first team squad. Jamal Blackman, who joined them on a season long loan from Chelsea last summer, is one possible option and has made it clear he would be interested in returning. Although Wilder, his assistant Alan Knill and head of recruitment Paul Mitchell are keen on investigating that possibility, they are determined to follow a number of other leads before a final decision is made.

Wilder will make it clear to whoever arrives that they are must compete with Moore for a starting role, rather than being parachuted straight into his first choice eleven. United paid Cardiff City an initial £250,000, with a further £250,000 payable upon the fulfilment of certain targets, to acquire Moore’s services in 2016.