Sheffield United announced their intentions for several players next season this week, by revealing their retained list. Not only did the club make clear just who was being let go this summer, but also who had been placed on the transfer list. One such player was striker Caolan Lavery.
The Canadian-born forward only joined the Blades from local rivals Sheffield Wednesday in 2016 but it appears he is no longer needed at Bramall Lane. He spent the second half of the current campaign on loan at League One side Rotherham United and is still with the club as they fight for promotion via the playoffs.
The Millers will surely represent one option for the Northern Ireland under-21 next season, but another team who might want to register an interest are already promoted Wigan Athletic.
There is little doubt that Wigan boss Paul Cook is a fan of the forward. In the past, he has signed Lavery twice.
Cook first snapped up the striker when he was the manager at Chesterfield. Lavery spent time on loan at the club in the 2014-15 campaign, scoring three goals in eight games.
The following season he partnered up with Cook yet again. Lavery joined Portsmouth on loan, this time finding the net four times in 13 games – impressing in both loan spells.
There is little doubt that Cook knows how to get the best out of Lavery. With Wigan being promoted they will need to increase the size and quality of their squad. Lavery is a very talented attacker but, of course, is clearly not going to light up the Championship on a weekly basis.
However, he is someone that Cook can rely on and Wigan will no doubt need players just like him if they are to be a success in the Championship next season.
Lavery will likely be cheap and Cook knows what he is getting. Wigan should certainly go ahead and make this deal happen.