Update on Sheffield United player revealed amid Middlesbrough transfer interest

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It has been revealed by Yorkshire Live that Sheffield United have the option to extend Chris Basham’s contract for another 12 months if they so choose.

It comes after previous reports which linked the center-back with a potential move to join Middlesbrough in order to connect with former manager Chris Wilder at Riverside Stadium.

Basham is currently set to have his current contract expire in the summer of next year, which has raised clear doubts about his future at Bramall Lane.

However, having been in and out of the side under Slavisa Jokanovic, Basham has become more of a regular under current Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom and has been given a new lease of life.

It is believed that his contract extension can be triggered in some form, with an automatic trigger supposedly in place if he plays a certain number of games this season.

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Basham has played a role in 16 games in all competitions for the Steel City club this quarter.

The verdict

It has been a big turn of events for Basham who now appear to be back in the bosom of Bramall Lane after being somewhat frozen by Jokanovic.

Heckingbottom knows just how much the 33-year-old can offer his team and for that reason it’s no surprise to have seen the veteran come back to the starting XI in recent games.

Basham certainly still has a lot to offer Sheffield United and it would be a real shock if the club did not accept the extension offer they have in the works.

His experience is invaluable and hope now will be that he can continue to help the Blades move up the league standings as they look to break through in the play-off race.

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