On July 25th, Het Nieuwsblad reported Sheffield United ‘would like’ to sign Michael Verrips from Belgian side KV Mechelen.

The same day, multiple reports in England claimed the Yorkshire club are close to signing Dean Henderson on loan from Manchester United.

Chris Wilder’s side have been trying to sign the Red Devils keeper all summer and at one point it looked like they would fail to bring Henderson back to the club after his impressive loan spell last term.

This could have forced them to look at other options, including Verrips, and HLN claims Sheffield ‘show interest’ in the Dutchman.

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However, there has been no official contact between the two clubs for the transfer.

Mechelen were found guilty of match fixing and the Belgian Football Association wanted them to be demoted to the second division. This was overturned by the Belgian Arbitration Court for Sports earlier this month.

HLN claims Verrips is using the sentencing of Mechelen for match fixing as a reason to terminate his contract with them and has not turned up for training.

Despite Verrips’ efforts to force a transfer to England, he is likely to end up disappointed as Sheffield United are now closing in on signing Henderson on another temporary deal.