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Besic joins Sheffield United from Everton on one-year loan

21:42 GMT+3 08/08/2019
Muhamed Besic FA Cup Everton v Man Utd
The Bosnia-Herzegovina international midfielder joins the top-flight new boys on a temporary basis after spending two years on loan at Middlesbrough

Muhamed Besic has left Everton and signed for Premier League newcomers Sheffield United on a loan deal for the 2019-20 season.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international will spend a third consecutive season on loan away from Goodison Park after having played for Middlesbrough in the Championship for the last two campaigns.

The defensive midfielder signed for Everton in a £4 million deal in 2014, and has made 37 appearances for the Toffees.

He will join the Blades who are making a return to England’s elite after a 12-year absence.

Manager Chris Wilder said he welcomed the capture of a proper player with great pedigree.

“I am delighted to get a midfielder through the door,” Wilder told the Blades official website.

“Mo is a proper player. He has great pedigree which includes playing internationally and playing in the Premier League.

“He is an excellent all-around central midfielder. He is someone who can do everything we want a midfielder to do.

“Mo has played as a defensive midfielder but he can also play further forward. Overall, we feel this window has been a great success.”

Besic became the 10th player to join the team this summer, with the 40-cap international joining Luke Freeman, Phil Jagielka, Callum Robinson, Ravel Morrison, Lys Mousset, Ben Osborn, Dean Henderson, and Oli McBurnie, as well as goalkeeper Michael Verrips, who also joined on deadline day from Mechelen in Belgium.

The 22-year-old Verrips is likely to be the back-up ‘keeper behind Henderson, who signed for a second year-long loan at the club from Manchester United earlier in the summer.

Mark Duffy headed for the exit door in Yorkshire on Thursday, the midfielder signed for Stoke City of the Championship, also on loan for the year.

Despite their additions Sheffield United are still odds-on favourites with many bookmakers to make an immediate return to the second tier of English football.

The club have had a decent pre-season, starting it off with a win over Real Betis, though they were defeated in their next game by Burton Albion. They then beat Northampton, Chesterfield and Barnsley, before slipping to defeat against Stade Reims.

They start their Premier League campaign with a trip to Bournemouth on August 10.