Sheffield United could be forced to look elsewhere in their hunt for a January signing to replace Jack O’Connell, with Newcastle now said to be keen on Marcos Rojo.

The Blades are said to be keen on Manchester United man Rojo, as Chris Wilder looks to act early and bring in a left-footed central defender.

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However, former Wednesday boss Steve Bruce could scupper Wilder’s plans. According to The Athletic, Newcastle are now in the mix to sign Rojo, with Bruce himself keen on the Argentinian.

The Magpies’ interested could well hinder the Blades’ hopes of signing Rojo, given the spending power involved to land Rojo.

He is believed to be on around £80k-a-week at Manchester United, a figure officials at Bramall Lane would be unlikely to fork out on. Newcastle, on the other hand, are well known for handing out big money in wages.

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Chris Wilder, then, could be forced to look elsewhere, if, of course, his initial interest in Rojo does have some substance to it.

Always going to happen, Rojo is unlikely anyway

The signing of Rojo has, in fairness, looked unlikely from day one.

Massive wages, at one of the biggest clubs in the world, and the Blades struggling at the bottom of the table. Rojo will probably have a number of other offers from around Europe, given his stature in the game.

Wilder will have other targets. There is no way he’s chucking all his eggs in one basket and will have drawn up a list of players he sees as good fits.

As the saying goes in Sheffield, ‘In Wilder we trust’!

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