The Sheffield Star has claimed that the Blades could ‘turn their attentions’ to the signing of Huddersfield defender, Terence Kongolo, as Chris Wilder seeks cover for Jack O’Connell.
United were rocked at the weekend as new of O’Connell’s injury broke. Wilder explained the defender could miss all season, although O’Connell is thought to be targeting a comeback in the new year.
Regardless, the Blades boss has insisted his board bring in a new defender to replace the Liverpudlian, and The Star now claims Kongolo could be of interest to Wilder.
The Netherlands international was loaned to Fulham last season but played just twice. However, he was once a record signing for Huddersfield, and, crucially, can play both left-back and centre-back.
Kongolo could be open to a move back to the Premier League given Huddersfield’s struggles, with the 26-year-old also likely to be one of the Terriers’ higher earners. His current deal runs until 2022.
There is no mention of a fee or type of deal involved for United. But a loan move would seem the most likely, given the Blades’ financial situation and the expected expensive addition of Rhian Brewster this week.
Kongolo a fine player who could be ideal for us
When Huddersfield were in the Premier League, Kongolo was seen as the rock at the back for them, winning praise off fans and pundits alike as David Wagner worked miracles with the West Yorkshire club.
Since then, though, things haven’t gone too great. A career reboot could be in order then and what better place and manager to do it under, than United and Chris Wilder.
The Blades boss is obviously keen to get someone in who can play the left-hand side of the back three. It means Kongolo is ideal and would give the Blades boss two options in there, along with the reliable Jack Robinson.