Breaking: Sheffield United sign young pair from Manchester United and Manchester City

Sheffield United have announced the signings of youngsters Siem Eyob-Abraha and Aaron Reid from Manchester United and City, respectively, as stated on their official club website.

The Blades have brought in the teenage duo to strengthen their development squad this summer. Both players have made the move from Manchester and will initially join Sheffield United’s Under-18 side.

The South Yorkshire club has returned to the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League. Chris Wilder’s side finished in the bottom three last season, along with Luton Town and Burnley.

In preparation for the upcoming 2024/25 campaign, they have announced 13 new scholarship deals as part of their long-term strategy. Alfie Venners, Jaydon Makhalia, Sam Colechin, Dylan Tawodzera, Theo Howard, Riley McLachlan, Alfie Hough, Lamine Sidibe, Franklyn Gordon, and Arlo Coubrough have all progressed within the club, while goalkeeper Ben Grainger has joined from Everton.

Sheffield United hopes that their latest arrivals can eventually break into the first-team squad.

Eyob-Abraha, 16, primarily played for Manchester United’s Under-16s side and also made appearances for their Under-18s.

The Eritrea-born attacker had a trial with the Blades during the latter stages of the last campaign, impressing enough to secure a full-time move to Bramall Lane.

Reid, on the other hand, spent the last 11 years at Manchester City, progressing through the academy ranks at the Etihad Stadium. Despite his development, the Premier League champions opted not to retain him, providing Sheffield United the opportunity to bring him in. Reid, a promising midfielder, is certainly a name to watch for the future.

Moving forward 

Wilder’s side are being patient with their senior recruitment but will hope to get the ball properly rolling now following Jamie Shackleton’s arrival from Leeds United.

He is a useful addition for the Blades and his versatility will come in handy. They have the chance to bring in more new faces over the coming weeks.

Sheffield United have also tied up a new contract for goalkeeper Adam Davies following Wes Foderingham’s exit.

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