Sunderland and Reading have both been credited with an interest in Sheffield United defender Ben Heneghan, according to a report by the Sunderland Echo.

The 25-year-old has been transfer-listed by the Blades this summer and will leave for the right price.

Heneghan still has a year left on his contract at Bramall Lane but his future there has been placed in major doubt after their promotion to the Premier League.

The centre-back won’t be short of options this summer though after an impressive loan spell in League One with Blackpool this past season. He played 49 times for the Seadsiders in all competitions.

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Heneghan, who was born in Manchester, started his career with spells in the academies at Everton and Stoke City before dropping into non-league with Chester in 2014.

He impressed in his two years at the Deva Stadium and was snapped up by Scottish Premiership side Motherwell in 2016.

Heneghan became a key player for the Well and moved to Sheffield United in August 2017 for an undisclosed fee. However, he found first-team opportunities hard to come by in his first season in Yorkshire, hence why he was loaned out to Blackpool in the last campaign.

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He needs to leave the Blades now and Reading or Sunderland would both be good fits for him. Heneghan proved last season that he has what it takes to play regular football in League One so could he make the step up to the Championship with the Royals?

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