Sheffield United have emerged as strong runners to sign Ipswich Town defender, Luke Woolfenden.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, the Blades are keen on landing the 21-year-old, who has impressed for the Tractor Boys this season down in League One.

Luke Woolfenden is reportedly wanted by Sheffield United.  (Photo by Richard Calver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Woolfenden has been a regular for Ipswich. Indeed, his versatility has played a key role in his success, with Woolfenden comfortable at both right-back and centre-back.

After spending time away from Portman Road in a number of loan spells, Woolfenden has made a place in the first XI his own this term for Paul Lambert’s men.

However, it remains to be seen whether the Blades will follow up the reported interest with a concrete bid for the youngster.

Why might Luke Woolfenden fit in at Sheffield United?

The Blades are on the lookout for players who can fit into their overlapping centre-back model. Furthermore, a player like Woolfenden can also likely be moulded into a right wing-back if needed.

That position is one where the Blades do lack cover. Especially so, given Kieron Freeman is one of a number of players free to leave the club during January.

The signing of Woolfenden, then, could well be an astute one by the club.

Wilder looking for bargains again

Having already snapped up Jack Rodwell on a free, Chris Wilder is looking for good value again it seems.

Jack Rodwell

Chris Wilder has already signed Jack Rodwell this January. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

A defender from League One is not going to cost a top-end fee like many Premier League and Championship players will. However, based on his performances this season, Woolfenden looks every bit capable.

He’s already appeared 24 times under Lambert and seems to be improving week by week. Obviously, he’d find a move to the Premier League hard to resist.

Once again, it looks like the Blades are trying to beat teams to the punch when it comes to the countries brightest young talent.

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