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Sheffield United could be set to resurrect interest in summer target

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Sheffield United are set to search for a new central midfielder in the January transfer window, according to The Sheffield Star.

This search could see Chris Wilder reignite his interest in key summer target Ryan Leonard, who Sheffield United could not manage to poach after a lengthy pursuit.

Sheffield United recently lost key man Paul Coutts to a serious injury.

The 29-year-old has fractured his tibia and he will miss the remainder of the season on the sidelines.

As a result, Wilder is likely to scour the market and bring in a central midfielder this January.

Ryan Leonard is likely to be at the top of Sheffield United’s wishlist.

The Southend United star is out of contract at Roots Hall at the end of the season and is showing no indication of wishing to sign a new deal.

Sheffield United would be able to snatch him for a cut-price fee if they revisit the deal when the transfer window re-opens in the new year.

Chris Wilder said:

“We need to bring another midfield player in.

“We were looking to possibly strengthen an area where a player could play a couple of positions, including central midfield.

“But now we are down to two and Samir (Carruthers) has played more as a ‘10’ than a central midfielder.

“Bash (Chris Basham) can play in there but he’s done outstandingly well at centre-half.

“So we are down in numbers.”

The Verdict

Another move to bring Leonard in would be wise by Sheffield United.

He’s proven at League One level, likely to be cheap and entering the prime of his career.

With injury concerns in that department, this seems like an ideal move for the promotion chasing Blades.

Sheffield United fans – Would you like to sign Leonard in January? Let us know below…

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