Blades seal Francis swoop

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Sheffield United have completed the signing of Bradford City's highly-rated young defender Simon Francis.

The Blades beat off competition from Sunderland to finalise a £200,000 deal for the 19-year-old.

That figure will rise to £250,000 if Neil Warnock's side secure promotion to The Premiership this term, and the United boss is hoping his new recruit will quickly establish himself at Bramall Lane.

"He knows at Bramall Lane we give the youngsters a chance," Warnock declared.

"Now he needs to establish himself in the team over the next couple of years."