Sky Bet Championship new boys Sheffield United have tabled an offer for Oxford United midfielder John Lundstram, according to the Mirror. The U’s skipper has impressed since completing a permanent switch to the Kassam Stadium in 2015 on a free transfer.

Lundstram, who represented England from Under-17 through to Under-20, is rated at £500,000 by the Sky Bet League One club. Now under the management of Pep Clotet, the former Leeds United assistant will be keen on keeping one of his better players at the club, as they too are building for promotion.

Losing the influential player would be another blow to Oxford, who already lost manager Michael Appleton to become Leicester City assistant earlier in the summer. Clotet has since come in, and Lundstram is highly-rated at the club, so much so he was made captain a year ago. He played 57 times last season as Oxford ended just outside of the play-off places and reached the Checkatrade Trophy final.

As for the Blades, they are busy making preparations for life back in the English second tier under Chris Wilder. They have recruited well since winning the league title last season. They have utilised the League One market pretty well too, adding the likes of George Baldock from MK Dons, and re-signing Ched Evans from Chesterfield, who were also in the division last year. More new faces are anticipated at Bramall Lane before they get their Championship campaign under way with a home encounter with Brentford on August 5th. Will Lundstram be in place by then?

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