Blades eye United defender

Speed targets De Laet swoop

De Laet: Set for loan switch

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Skysports.com understands Sheffield United are lining up a loan swoop for Manchester United defender Ritchie de Laet.

Blades boss Gary Speed is keen to bolster his squad and he has moved to try and bring in De Laet on a three-month deal.

A number of clubs in the Championship, League One and SPL are all thought to have enquired about signing De Laet on loan, but it appears the Blades have won the race for his signature

The Belgium international has made six first-team appearances for United since arriving from Stoke in January 2009 and he is highly regarded within the corridors of Old Trafford.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is happy to let De Laet leave on loan so that he can get valuable first-team action under his belt with his chances limited in the the Red Devils' starting XI.