Sheffield United are still interested in signing Southend United’s Ryan Leonard despite the John Lundstram transfer according to a report from the Sheffield Star.

The Blades completed a deal to sign Lundstram from Oxford United earlier this week and it appeared that would be the end of their attempts to sign Leonard from Southend. The 23-year-old midfielder had been a great talent for Oxford during his two years at the club and was seen as a great choice to sign when it seemed like the deal to sign Leonard was dead.

The reason United moved onto Lundstram as a target was Southend’s unwillingness to sell Leonard. The club had been in negotiations for a long time and while reports indicated that the 25-year-old wanted the move to United after the Shrimpers failed to get promoted, the Essex club were unwilling to accept any of the offers that were put forward to them.

But even though this stubbornness is still there, United still haven’t given up on signing Leonard and could go back in for him even though they have now signed Lundstram. They want as many top quality players as possible following their promotion to the Sky Bet Championship and Leonard’s recent great form for Southend plus his versatility makes him an ideal addition.

When asked about this in the post-match press conference for the game against Stoke City, Sheffield United assistant manager Alan Knill said: “It’s still there, it’s still ongoing,”

“Where we are exactly with things, I’m not sure to be honest. But it’s still on our agenda, yes.”

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