Sheffield United are reportedly eyeing a move for Swansea City defender, Joe Rodon.
The 22-year-old, who plays predominantly as a central defender but can play right-back, is thought to be high on Chris Wilder’s shopping list.
According to a report from the Sun on Sunday (print edition, Sunday 27th Oct), the Blades want to sign Rodon. The Welshman has been an ever-present for the Swans this season.
Rodon has made 13 appearances as Swansea have made a good start under Steve Cooper. Already capped by Wales, he is highly thought of by Wales manager Ryan Giggs.
Blades manager Chris Wilder has reportedly got funds to spend in January and sees Rodon as the ideal signing. However, the price may be a stumbling block for United.
It is believed Rodon would cost somewhere in the region of £20m. That fee would equal or break the record for the Blades, who splashed out on Rodon’s ex-teammate Oli McBurnie in the summer.
Need for depth
United’s three at the back system means they need depth in that position. Currently, they only have Phil Jagielka and Richard Stearman in reserve. Both of those players are in the latter stages of their career.
Rodon could well slot into the right centre-back role currently occupied by Chris Basham. He’s not averse to bringing the ball out and likes to get forward when given the chance.
He already has an assist under his belt this term too.
What about the money?
It’s hard to see Sheffield United once again splashing out £20m on Rodon, especially in January.
However, the Blades are going along nicely. If they can maintain their form, then the board might well back Wilder to cement their place. Sometimes it’s best to spend while on top, than panic buy.
Central defence is definitely an area that needs adding to. And it can prove money well spent. United signed John Egan for £4m just two seasons ago, much to the surprise of some fans.
Egan though has proved his worth. He’s helped the club to four clean-sheets this term already. His tackle success rate of 83% is right up there with the best in the league too.
The Blades took a point from West Ham yesterday as Lys Mousset snatched them a draw. Read our player ratings for that game, here.