Sheffield United have turned down a bid from Northampton Town for Ben Heneghan, according to HITC Sport.
The 24 year-old only joined the Blades in the summer from Scottish Premier League side Motherwell but he has struggled to break into their first-team. He is yet to play for them in the Championship this season.
However, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder worked hard to bring him to Bramhall Lane in the summer and believes he still has a future at the club. They do not want to sell him on a permanent basis just yet.
Heneghan has been linked with a loan move away from the Blades this January. League One side Rotherham United were linked with him but a move has not materialised yet. A loan move would suit Sheffield United as Heneghan needs to be getting more game time.
A move to Northampton will not be happening for him. Their manager, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank, is keen to sign a defender before the transfer window shuts next Wednesday but will have to rule out a move for Heneghan as the Cobblers see their bid rejected by the Championship side.
Heneghan, who played for Chester in the National League before joining Motherwell, is one of a few players the Blades are keen to loan out this month to gain some more playing time. Their winger Nathan Thomas is another who could leave on loan.
The Blades are flying high in the Championship and are hoping to make the Play-Offs by the end of the season.