Sheffield United are set to finally complete the deal to sign Southend United’s Ryan Leonard according to a report from The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.

The Blades have been interested in signing Leonard ever since they were promoted to the Sky Bet Championship. However they have struggled to complete a deal because Southend have been unwilling to sell, even being able to resist cashing in when the player reportedly put in a transfer request to try and force a move to United.

But while Southend were able to keep him until the January transfer window, it appears they won’t have him for much longer as Leonard is set to complete his move to United. The Blades have been very persistent in their attempts to try and sign the former Plymouth Argyle man and a bid believed to be between £500K and £750K seems to have finally done the trick. This report does suggest that Southend turned down a similar deal in the summer but the fact Leonard’s contract is due in the summer was what made the Shrimpers decide to accept the offer this time around.

Leonard will be joining a Sheffield United side that is flying high in the Sky Bet Championship. In their first season since their return from Sky Bet League One, the Blades are challenging for promotion and while they have been struggling recently, they are still seventh in the league. With the signing of Leonard, they’ll be hoping to break back into the top six.

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