Sheffield United have struggled for consistency early in this Championship campaign, but given how close the division is at present, they sit a mere seven points from the play-off positions, despite being in 18th place.
The Blades picked up just two points from their first five games, and after some late business in the summer, they had seemingly turned a corner.
However, they have been unable to back up their early turn of form in September into anything consistent, and as a result, they are as many points away from the relegation zone as they are the top six.
Slavisa Jokanovic will be hoping to use the January transfer window to bolster the competition levels within his squad.
Here, we take a look at three transfer talking points regarding Sheffield United this January.
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Folarin Balogun update
The Sun named The Blades as one of three Championship clubs who were keeping an eye on Arsenal and England U21 star Falorin Balogun.
However, an updated report from The Sheffield Star, Jokanovic’s side are unlikely to pursue a deal for the talented forward.
Middlesbrough and Swansea City are the other two clubs who are reportedly in pursuit, with former Blades boss Chris Wilder hopeful of landing him for his new side in the north east.
Rhian Brewster to Nottingham Forest?
Rhian Brewster has been unable to meet the demands at Sheffield United at present, and as a result, a move away could come to fruition this January.
Football League World exclusively learnt that Nottingham Forest are an interested party in the young forward, with the 21-year-old starring under Steve Cooper when they were both at Swansea a couple of seasons ago.
Brewster has often been deployed on the wing under Jokanovic and has been unable to fully cement himself as a regular in the starting lineup at Bramall Lane.
Revisiting Amad Diallo?
Amad Diallo was linked with a move to Sheffield United in the summer, but a loan move for the Manchester United winger failed to materialise.
Diallo has faced a lot of injury troubles this season, and for that reason, his progress has been put on hold.
However, he has since returned to Manchester United’s U23s after recovering from a thigh problem, scoring twice and assisting an assist in two Premier League 2 games.
The Sheffield Star revealed last month that The Blades were considering to reignite their interest in the young winger, but it remains to be seen if anything comes from it.