SHEFFIELD UNITED have beaten Newcastle United to the signing of Wigan Athletic full-back Antonee Robinson.

The Blades are understood to have agreed a £2m fee for the 23-year-old, with Wigan’s administrators keen to complete a sale within the next few days as they look to raise funds to pay off some of the club’s debts.

Newcastle officials have held discussions with Wigan officials, with Steve Bruce having identified Robinson as a potential bargain buy.

With Danny Rose and Jetro Willems’ futures both uncertain after their loan deals expired, Bruce is looking for a new left-back and despite having spent last season in the bottom half of the Championship, Robinson has long been regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in the Football League.

He was set to complete a €13m move to AC Milan in January, only for a medical to reveal a heart rhythm irregularity that resulted in the Italian side pulling out of a deal.

However, further investigations have resulted in Robinson receiving a clean bill of health, and there is confidence he will now pass a medical at wherever he ends up this summer.

That looks like being Bramall Lane, with sources in Yorkshire claiming the Blades are confident of completing a transfer shortly.

Newcastle were not the only club offering competition – West Brom also lodged a formal offer last week – but Sheffield United look to have won the battle for the youngster.