Huddersfield Town are interested in signing Sheffield United defender Richard Stearman, according to Football Insider.
Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley wants to add some experience at the back to his struggling side.
The Terriers are currently 20th in the table and five points outside the relegation zone. Only five other teams in the division have conceded more goals than them.
Cowley is hoping the fact Stearman is struggling for game time at Bramall Lane will work in his favour. The 32-year-old has made just two appearances this season, both in the Carabao Cup.
Stearman wasn’t even included at the weekend as the Blades beat non-league AFC Fylde 2-1 in the FA Cup third round. This is despite the fact Chris Wilder made 11 changes to his starting XI.
Why Stearman to Huddersfield make sense for Sheffield United
The fact Stearman did not play on Sunday suggests he is seventh choice centre-back under Wilder. This is after the signing of free agent Jack Rodwell, who played in defence against Fylde.
United are open to Stearman leaving during the January transfer window. Apparently the former Wolverhampton Wanderers man is one of four players that the club are willing to allow to depart.
It’s easy to see why when Stearman is clearly so far from Wilder’s first team plans. He is also out of contract this summer and highly unlikely to be offered a new deal.
Wilder needs to freshen up his squad this month to try and maintain the Blades’ impressive Premier League campaign to date.
As mentioned, Rodwell has already arrived. Yet central defence remains an area for improvement.
Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell are the established trio and have helped United to the third best defensive record in the top flight.
Phil Jagielka adds experience, while Rodwell is looking to revitalise his career in South Yorkshire. But both Stearman and Kean Bryan can leave, allowing Wilder to bring in some new faces.