Sheffield United have confirmed the signing of Aaron Ramsdale from relegated AFC Bournemouth, re-joining the club he previously played for back in 2016.
The Blades have been on the lookout for a new stopper following Dean Henderson’s return to Manchester United from his loan spell, securing Ramsdale for a ‘substantial undisclosed fee’.
Speaking on the club’s official website, Ramsdale said of the move: “I’m very fortunate to be able to come back to a place I call home and I’m just excited to get going, see the lads I left behind and meet the new ones now in the team.
“I’m delighted, it wasn’t an easy decision to leave Bournemouth, but when a club comes in for you, shows that faith it has and is willing to pay this sort of money then obviously I’ve got to do a lot to repay it, but my smile has been ear-to-ear since I walked back through the door.”
Chris Wilder weighed in with his thoughts on the move, expressing his delight at both securing a promising English goalkeeper and also addressing their issues between the sticks.
“The goalkeeping situation is something we have to make sure we get right,” he said.
“This is not about Dean [Henderson], it’s about bringing Aaron in, but Dean was outstanding for us for two years. We know a lot about Aaron, we’ve watched him develop on loan at Chesterfield and then AFC Wimbledon and obviously we’ve watched him this season too.
“I’d like to thank the board for their backing given the situation. Aaron is certainly amongst the best young goalkeepers in this country and we are delighted to have him.”
Ramsdale played 37 times for the Cherries last season, being their standout player of the season, but was unable to prevent the club from slipping into the second tier. He returns to Bramall Lane having captained England at Under-21 level, with 80 senior appearance to his name.