Sheffield United target Terence Kongolo appears to be edging closer to an exit from Huddersfield Town.
The Blades are linked with Kongolo as a potential replacement for Jack O’Connell. O’Connell is set to miss the majority of this season after having knee surgery on Wednesday.
It means manager Chris Wilder wants to sign a left-sided centre-back to fill in for the 26-year-old. He has given a list of targets to the board.
It seems Kongolo is included, with his ability to play as a left-back on the left of a three-man central defence.
Huddersfield head coach, Carlos Corberan, has revealed that, amid this interest, the Netherlands international has been left out of his squad for tomorrow’s Championship fixture with Rotherham United.
Karlan Grant has also been omitted, with West Bromwich Albion thought to be keen.
“A lot of the time, clubs wait until the last moment to make their final offers. But I don’t know if that is going to be the case with these two players,” Corberan told The Yorkshire Post.
“The situation with those players is the same, they both have options to move but have the option to stay if they don’t make a deal with another club.
“Right now, they are not going to be involved in the next game.”
Why Kongolo looks unlikely to join Sheffield United
While it seems the 26-year-old will be leaving the Terriers soon, it doesn’t look like his next destination with be Bramall Lane.
That’s because Yorkshire Live report Fulham are the favourites to sign Kongolo. The Dutchman joined them on loan in January, although was limited to just two appearances after breaking his foot shortly after arriving.
However, interest from the Cottagers still remains as they look to shore up their leaky defence. Like the Blades, they have lost all three of their Premier League matches so far this season.
Yet they are bottom with an inferior goal difference, having conceded 10 times in three fixtures.
AZ Alkmaar and Fenerbahce are also thought to be keen on Kongolo, but Fulham lead the way. Huddersfield want to recoup as much of the £17.5m they paid for the centre-back two years ago.
They also want to get Kongolo’s large wages off their books.