Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder could resume his chase of Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard in January according to The Sheffield Star.

The promotion chasing Blades are looking to maintain their superb start to the season however a shortage of midfield cover is threatening to cause selection problems for manager Wilder.

Paul Coutts has seen his campaign ended by a fractured tibia and there is a real possibility that Blades boss Wilder will need to fill in for the player’s long term absence by playing some members of his squad out of position unless a like-for-like replacement is found.

It has now been reported that Sheffield United could submit a further transfer offer for highly rated Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard. The player was the subject of transfer interest from Bramall Lane in the summer however Leonard was denied a move to South Yorkshire with his club desperate to hang on to his services.

With Leonard continuing to impress in Sky Bet League One, the player would be an obvious replacement for Coutts providing that Sheffield United can finally persuade The Shrimpers to sell.

The midfielder was the Southend United Player of the Year last season as the club narrowly missed out on a play-off place in Sky Bet League One. It was the third time in which the player won the award, becoming only the second player in the club’s history to do so.

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