Sheffield United now reportedly have three Championship forwards on their radar.

The January transfer window is fast approaching and despite their impressive start to the season, the Blades will be looking at how they can improve their squad.

Having only been promoted from the second tier themselves last season, manager Chris Wilder has heavily focused on signing players from the division he thinks can make the step up.

In the summer, now fewer than four players were acquired from the Championship. This included record signings Luke Freeman, Callum Robinson and Oli McBurnie, as well as Ben Osborn.

So which forwards are Sheffield United targeting?

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Jarrod Bowen

According to 90min, the Blades are among five Premier League teams interested in Bowen. The Hull City attacker is in fine form once again this term, already scoring 16 goals in all competitions.

Newcastle United apparently lead the way currently. Bournemouth are not far behind as they search for a long-term replacement for Ryan Fraser.

Brighton and Hove Albion and Burnley complete the quintet.

Bowen is out of contract next summer, although Hull have the option to trigger an automatic one-year extension.

Lyle Taylor

This rumour is a little more surprising, simply because of Taylor’s age. The Charlton Athletic striker turns 30 next March. We have outlined here why we think that makes a potential deal for Taylor unlikely.

It is TEAMtalk who claim that the Blades are keen on the 29-year-old – who will be a free transfer next summer. The Clarets are also interested, as are Norwich City.

The fact that Taylor’s experience is largely at League One level further increases the levels of risk.

Ollie Watkins

Like Bowen, this rumour makes far more sense. The Sheffield Star reports Wilder is a long-term admirer of Watkins and is considering a January move for the Brentford ace.

At 23-years-old the Exeter City academy product is young and has proven his scoring abilities with 12 league goals in 2019/20.

Watkins says he is happy at Griffin Park, but then has had his head turned by a Premier League club before. Crystal Palace tried to sign him over the summer, but failed to agree a deal.

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