Blades sign Liverpool's Brewster for club-record fee

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Community Shield - Arsenal v Liverpool - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - August 29, 2020 Liverpool's Rhian Brewster misses a penalty during a penalty shootout, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge/File Photo

(Reuters) - Sheffield United have signed Liverpool’s highly-rated striker Rhian Brewster in a club-record deal with the 20-year-old penning a five-year contract, the Premier League outfit said on Friday.

United did not disclose the transfer fee but British media said they paid 23.5 million pounds ($30.40 million) for the England Under-21 international, with Liverpool having a buy-back option for three years.

"At the top of the pitch we have one of the country's hottest properties from Liverpool and for him to sign permanently here is fantastic for everyone concerned," Blades boss Chris Wilder said in a statement here.

“There has been a lot of interest in him over the summer, a lot of speculation about who we were going for, but he has been our number one target and I am delighted to have secured his services.”

Brewster, who shot to fame in 2017 when he led England to the Under-17 World Cup with a tournament-high eight goals, was loaned to Swansea City last season where he scored 11 times in the second-tier Championship.

With tough competition for a place in the starting lineup at Anfield, a number of Premier League clubs were reported to be interested in signing Brewster on loan before he decided to make a permanent switch to the Blades.

“There were a few teams who came in but right now Sheffield United is the best option for me,” Brewster said.

“Looking at the club, it is on the rise, finishing ninth last year and hopefully it can be better this season. Maybe I can add some goals, I’ll work hard and try and help the team to a higher place this year.”

United, who have yet to score or earn a point in the Premier League this season after three games, stand second-bottom and travel to in-form Arsenal on Sunday.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris and Christian Radnedge