Sheffield United and Rotherham United are both interested in signing Southend United midfielder Anthony Wordsworth, according to the Daily Mail.

The 27-year-old has been in impressive form for the Shrimpers this season as Wordsworth has been a driving force in Southend’s great start to the campaign. Phil Brown’s men are currently seventh in League One, just one point adrift the play-off places.

The Camden-born midfielder started his career at Colchester United and played almost 200 times for the U’s, scoring a notable 35 goals. He then moved to Championship club Ipswich Town for £100,000 but was released from the Tractor Boys after two seasons.

In 2015, he signed for Southend United and is showing the quality of his ability during his time at Roots Hall. This season Wordsworth has made 17 appearances and scored seven goals, including a brace in a 3-0 win against MK Dons.

The 6 foot 1 midfielder would be no stranger to the New York Stadium, having spent a loan spell at Rotherham in 2014. The Millers are currently sat rock-bottom of the Championship and already 12 points away from safety. Despite signing four central midfielders in the summer, Rotherham are showing great interest in the Southend midfielder.

Meanwhile, fellow South Yorkshire club Sheffield United are flying high in League One in second place after an awful start to the season, including a loss to Wordsworth’s Southend.

The tall midfielder could add a physical alternate option in the Blades’ midfield. Chris Wilder’s midfield, including Mark Duffy and Paul Coutts, has been hugely successful this season. Perhaps Wordsworth could be a useful back-up for the star men at the Lane.


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