Four Premier League clubs are considering a move for Sheffield United midfielder John Lundstram, reports Sky Sports.
Lundstram has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Bramall Lane. The Blades opted to activate a one-year extension in his deal this summer.
Despite having been in talks over a new one for the past six months, still nothing has been agreed with the 26-year-old.
Manager Chris Wilder does not want to lose Lundstram for free in a year’s time. Wilder is therefore open to selling him before the start of the new season on September 12.
The Sheffield Star adds that United have actively placed the Everton academy graduate on the transfer list, as an exit from the club becomes increasingly likely.
Who is interested in John Lundstram?
While the identities of all four sides in the race for Lundstram are unclear, at least two are believed to be known.
Both Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United are thought to have been keen on the former England Under-20 international in the past.
If an offer does come in then the Blades have a potentially tough decision to make.
Lundstram greatly impressed last term, particularly in the first half of their first Premier League campaign in 12 years.
He scored five league goals from midfield. However, his time in the starting XI lessened after the club record arrival of Sander Berge in January.
That said, Wilder doesn’t have a very big squad and would certainly need to replace Lundstram. As things stand, John Swift looks the most likely person to do that, with Reading having already rejected two offers from South Yorkshire.
How much the Blades could expect to receive for Lundstram is unclear. The fact he has entered the final year of his current contract weakens their negotiating position. As does Lundstram seemingly considering his options.