Kevin Phillips: Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick could be good signing for West Brom

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Chris Wilder could try to sign Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick if he’s appointed in charge of West Brom, according to Kevin Phillips.

McGoldrick, 33, scored eight goals in 35 Premier League appearances as the Blades suffered relegation from the Premier League this season and he’s set to enter the final year of his contract at Bramall Lane this summer.

The Republic of Ireland international was one of few shining lights in what was a dismal season for the South Yorkshire club, who sacked Wilder in March.

Wilder has since been strongly linked with a return to management at West Brom with Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre reporting on Thursday [06:01pm] that he’s due to be announced as Sam Allardyce’s successor at The Hawthorns.

Ex-West Brom striker Phillips claims Wilder will need a new striker if he’s hired the Baggies and he believes McGoldrick would be a strong addition.

“I actually like David McGoldrick, I think he’s a good player,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“Whether he would want to leave Sheffield United and go to another team in the Championship, I don’t know but West Brom are going to need a striker and I thought he was very good for them.

“He’s one of those who can play a central role on his own if you need him to, he’s busy, he runs in behind, he holds the ball up and he’s got better with age.

“That could potentially be something Wilder might look at.”

McGoldrick knows the Championship better than most players having made 318 appearances in England’s second-tier throughout his long career, scoring 75 times in the process.

The 33-year-old, who’ll turn 34 in November, has played and scored goals in the Championship for Southampton, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich and Sheffield United, having helped fire them to promotion in 2018/19.

Due to his age and the fact he’s still going to be under contract at Bramall Lane, we doubt McGoldrick would be a target for the Baggies but Wilder is clearly a fan of him.

In September, Wilder hailed McGoldrick as a “fabulous lad, a fabulous person” and “a really good footballer” [Irish Examiner].

While Wilder is a fan of McGoldrick, it would still be a surprise to see the Baggies push forward with a deal for the Ireland international even though they could do with a new centre-forward.

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