Graham Alexander has confirmed this morning that he is interested in bringing Sheffield United’s James Hanson to the club, but will wait to see the extent of the forward’s injury before making a move.
Since Tuesday night it has been at the forefront of discussion amongst Iron fans on social media, with many adamant that the move would be a good one for United, but some sceptical.
The club refused to comment on the speculation last night, but have now opened up and confirmed that the rumour of our interest is factual.
Hanson was forced off during the Blades’ 3-2 EFL Cup victory over Walsall last week, with a reported hamstring injury.
BBC Humberside had the chance to speak to Alexander this morning, and when questioned, the manager said:
Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander says interest in Sheff Utd striker James Hanson is on hold as he recovers from a hamstring problem. #sufc
— BBC Humberside Sport (@HumbersideSport) August 17, 2017
When speaking to the Scunthorpe Telegraph, Alexander said:
“He is one who has been on our radar since the end of last season when Sheffield United went up, just to see how much involvement he would have this season.
“It looks like Chris (Wilder) has started with other players so the potential is that he will be available, so we want to be in the race for the best players at this level and I feel James is one of those.
“We need to try and ascertain the extent of the injury. If he is missing for a couple of weeks, I don’t see any problem with that but if it is a couple of months we may have to think twice.
“We need to get down to that to make sure we know exactly who and what we are signing, if we get the opportunity.” He concluded.
This morning has also seen Blades boss Chris Wilder confirm the Iron’s interest, but he claims there are several clubs interested in total.
#sufc boss CW confirms #sufc (Scunny) are one of several clubs are interested in James Hanson, who’s currently injured.
— Andy Giddings (@Gids1980) August 17, 2017
The summer transfer window slams shut at 11pm on Thursday August 31st, but there is definitely still business to be done at Glanford Park.