Motherwell defender Declan Gallagher has emerged as the latest centre-back target for Sheffield United – according to TEAMtalk.

The Blades are in the market for a replacement for Jack O’Connell during the January transfer window.

O’Connell is out for the rest of this season after having a knee operation.

Manager Chris Wilder was said to be “desperate” to sign someone to replace O’Connell before the last window closed.

But after that failed to materialise, United are now looking to January to bring in an alternative to the 26-year-old.

Several names in the Championship have been linked with the Blades. The prime target appears to remain Ben Davies, who has recently been offered a new contract by Preston North End.

Yet Gallagher is the latest person to be added to the list of potentials.

Who is Declan Gallagher?

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A product of the Celtic youth system, the 29-year-old never made a senior appearance for the current Scottish champions before leaving in 2011.

Gallagher then played for Clyde, Dundee and Livingston before joining Motherwell on a free transfer last summer. He also served time in prison during his time at Almondvale, re-signing in January 2017.

The Scot impressed so much last season that he caught the attention of national team boss Steve Clarke.

Gallagher made his international debut last November and featured in the recent Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Serbia.

He currently has six caps for his country, playing largely in a back three for Clarke’s side.

Which would make Gallagher seemingly suited to Wilder’s similar system. Although he generally operates in the middle, while O’Connell plays on the left.

Gallagher is out of contract next summer, meaning Motherwell could be tempted to sell in the new year – rather than losing him for free.

Along with the Blades, fellow Premier League teams Burnley and West Bromwich Albion are also thought to be interested.

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