Sheffield United 'smash transfer record' to sign Ireland striker Callum Robinson from Preston North End

Fri, Jul 12 2019

Robinson in action during Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifying win over Gibraltar in June. Credit: Eddie Lennon (ETPhotos)

Premier League newboys Sheffield United have added to their Irish contingent with the signing of striker Callum Robinson from Preston North End for a club-record fee.

The senior international has signed a four-year deal after the Blades, who claim to have ‘smashed the club’s transfer fee’ by shelling out a ‘substantial undisclosed fee.’

Robinson will join international teammates David McGoldrick, John Egan and Enda Stevens at Bramall Lane, where under-21 caps Stephen Mallon and Samir Carruthers are also on the books.

Preston revealed yesterday that Robinson had been allowed leave the club’s training camp in Cork to meet with a Premier League club and a deal was swiftly concluded.

He’s the third new face to arrive at Bramall Lane so far this season, following former England international Phil Jagielka and Luke Freeman.

"Callum fits into our structure perfectly as we look to Championship players who we feel can be successful at Premier League level,” said Blades boss Chris Wilder.

"Callum is someone who was on our radar a number of years ago and he has progressed how we thought he would and hopefully there is plenty more to come.

"I feel Callum is a great age and what we have paid represents great value in the current market."

Northampton-born Robinson, who has eight senior international caps, joined Preston in July 2016 from Aston Villa after a six-month loan spell.

The 24-year-old has made more than 150 appearances for the Lilywhites, scoring 35 goals, and was their joint-top scorer last season alongside fellow international Alan Browne.

“We are in a situation where we have been given a good offer,” said Preston boss Alex Neil.

“Callum has seen his future in the Premier League if that opportunity came along, which it did, and we had to try and maximise the cash intake for us, so we can try and strengthen the squad and strengthen the club.

“I am gutted Callum has left. He was a great lad about the place, but he has deserved his chance and he has worked very hard for a couple of seasons.

“He has improved no end; he has been a double figure goalscorer for us for the last few seasons and we should remember him fondly and wish him all the best.”

Robinson has travelled to link up with the Blades on their warm-weather training camp in Portugal but will not be considered for Friday night’s friendly with Real Betis.