Sheffield United have reportedly failed in a bid to bring in former Blackburn and Stoke City midfielder, Steven Nzonzi.
According to reports from Turkish media (Futbol Arena), the big midfielder was offered a deal by the Blades. However, the 31-year-old has apparently rejected a move to Bramall Lane.
The Frenchman is currently enjoying a loan spell with Galatasaray after falling out of favour with Serie A giants, Roma.
A full French international, Nzonzi has experience at the very top level having enjoyed a productive spell with Sevilla after leaving English shores. He spent three years in Spain, before sealing a move to the Italian capital back in 2018.
Blades boss, Chris Wilder, is keen on strengthening his team in January. Having already signed Jack Rodwell for nothing, Wilder also completed the signing of Jack Robinson earlier today.
Furthermore, United are also being linked with a move for Stoke City hotshot, Tyrese Campbell. The 20-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is yet to agree new terms.
A pricey and risky piece of business
The signing of Steven Nzonzi would have been right out of the blue and something of a surprise to most Blades fans.
He’s a quality operator, no doubt, but he went for big money previously and it’s hard to see United matching those sorts of sums. His contract, too, will no doubt contain a hefty salary.
The January signings so far by the Blades suggest Wilder is targeting cover and low-key signings. Jack Robinson certainly falls into that category, while Rodwell is a bit like the Ravel Morrison signing.
Nzonzi would have added depth and strength to the Blades midfield but would not have walked straight in either. Both John Fleck and John Lundstram have places in the midfield nailed down, while Oli Norwood is also integral.
This one will simply be a case of moving on for the Blades and Wilder.