The Sheffield Star reports that Sky Bet League One side Scunthorpe United have submitted a £200,000 bid for Sheffield United striker James Hanson. The 29-year-old has only made one appearance for the Blades this season, in the Carabao Cup, and made be allowed to leave Bramall Lane before the deadline shuts.

Sheff Utd boss Chris WIlder therefore has a decision to make to see if he’d be happy for the target man to seek pastures new. Injury has also halted his progress since making the move from Bradford City seven months ago, especially this season. Dropping back into League One, where he is proven, could allow Hanson the chance to get his career back on track.

Injury sustained in the Carabao Cup victory over Walsall means that Hanson has played less than an hour of competitive football this season. Wilder isn’t believed to be actively wanting to push Hanson out of the exit door, but may feel as though this move suits all parties. There is of course the chance a new striker may enter the club anyway, to compete with the likes of Billy Sharp, Leon Clarke, Ched Evans and Caolan Lavery for a spot in attack. An injury to Lavery though may mean Hanson is still needed.

Blackburn Rovers were also known admirers of the commanding forward in the off-season but no such move materialised. Scunthorpe, managed by Graham Alexander, lost out to eventual winners Millwall in the League One play-offs last season and may feel as though Hanson is the one missing piece of the jigsaw in their squad to potentially go at least one better next May.

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