Former Everton and Manchester City midfielder, Jack Rodwell, is training with Sheffield United as he seeks a route back into football.
According to an exclusive report from The Telegraph, Rodwell is indeed training with the Blades.
Rodwell was last seen playing for Blackburn Rovers. He was released in the summer as Rovers looked to shape their squad ahead of this season. Under Tony Mowbray, Rodwell became a regular fixture in the first XI and looked close to getting back to his best.
However, since leaving Ewood Park, he has been unable to find a club. The Blades were previously linked with a move for Rodwell a few months back, although nothing came to light of that particular rumour.
But now, it looks like Chris Wilder is prepared to take a closer look at Rodwell. The Blades gaffer has already made it clear he wants to see some new faces come in during January.
Rodwell has enjoyed a mixed bag of a career, to say the least. After breaking through at Everton, he sealed a big-money move to Manchester City. His time at the Etihad was a bit of a disaster, though, as injuries and a lack of first-team chances limited his progress.
He moved to Sunderland, where he was made a scapegoat as the club suffered successive relegations.
Why might Jack Rodwell fit in well at Sheffield United?
We covered this previously, but there is a case to be made for Rodwell joining the Blades.
Rodwell has the advantage of being a versatile player. Although he has played midfield for most of his career, he did actually come through as a youngster as more of a defensive player.
With Chris Basham seemingly lacking cover in the right centre-back position, Rodwell could prove a shrewd addition to the squad.
If Sheffield United do sign Rodwell, Chris Wilder might well mould him into the player we all thought he would become.