Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Kieron Freeman, according to the Daily Mail, as his exit from Sheffield United is seemingly confirmed.
Huddersfield Town and Swansea City are also keen on Freeman, who has apparently left Bramall Lane following the expiry of his contract.
The 28-year-old was one of four players who signed temporary extensions in order to complete the season. The other three were Leon Clarke, Phil Jagielka and Jack Rodwell.
The club is yet to officially confirm what is happening with the quartet. Yet it seems Freeman, at least, has ended his five years with the Blades.
Nottingham Forest want Freeman – but what about the other three?
Manager Chris Wilder had already confirmed that Clarke would also be leaving. This was after the 3-1 Premier League defeat to Southampton on the final day.
Clarke came off the bench for only his second league appearance of the season and Wilder said the applause from his players after the final whistle were to thank the striker for his service.
Meanwhile, veteran Phil Jagielka is in line for a new deal – despite his age. Jagielka will turn 38-years-old later this month, but Wilder is ready to offer the defender a one-year extension.
That leaves Rodwell as the only free agent whose future is undecided. The 29-year-old only made two appearances for United – both from the bench – after joining in January.
Rodwell has technically been out of contract since August 1; but then so has Jagielka and he is expected to stay. However, while Examiner Live report the centre-back is likely to remain, they also say Rodwell has “almost certainly left for good”.
Even if Jagielka does sign a new deal, it leaves the Blades distinctly lacking numbers in defence. Rodwell had previously played in Chris Basham’s role on the right side of the back three. Freeman, of course, is a right-back.