Sunderland are considering a move for Sheffield United defender Ben Heneghan.

The 25-year-old has also been on the radar of Championship side Reading, however the Royals are believed to be exploring other options now, according to a report by the Sunderland Echo.

This is a boost for the Black Cats who are keen to bring in another centre-back before their League One season starts.

Heneghan has been transfer-listed by the Blades this summer and will leave for the right price. He still has a year left on his contract at Bramall Lane but his first team opportunities there are limited in 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 opportunities hard to come by in his first season in Yorkshire, hence why he was loaned out to Blackpool in the last campaign.

He did well in the third tier last season and could be a shrewd signing by Sunderland.

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