Sheffield United to step up chase of free agent Joe Rothwell
Report: Sheffield United set sights on 'super talented' free agent; Nottingham Forest could pip Blades though
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Report: Sheffield United set sights on 'super talented' free agent; Nottingham Forest could pip Blades though

Sheffield United are making plans for the summer and are once again being linked with a move for Blackburn Rovers man, Joe Rothwell.

Of course, it was only last week when Rothwell was mentioned as being of interest to United. Rothwell is now a free-agent after leaving Rovers, and a number of clubs including West Brom, Nottingham Forest, and Bournemouth are all said to have kept tabs on him this season.

Respected journalist Alan Nixon has once again written this weekend that Rothwell is on United’s radar. It’s claimed that Paul Heckingbottom has remained a fan of Rothwell from when he had him on loan at Barnsley. With that, he’s hoping to convince the versatile midfielder to come to Bramall Lane.

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Rothwell, 27, was a regular feature under Tony Mowbray at Ewood Park this season. However, Rovers failed to make the playoffs and now a mini exodus is underway at the club, with Mowbray also leaving.


It’s claimed that Rothwell will talk to a number of clubs before making a decision. Key to his future could be Premier League football. And with Forest having one foot in the playoff final at Wembley after beating the Blades yesterday, that could sway things.

Our View: Joe Rothwell Would Be Great For Sheffield United

The midfield duo of Fleck and Norwood have been good for Sheffield United this season but there is an argument to say things need freshening up a bit in the middle.

Norwood remains the man pulling the strings at Bramall Lane and is unlikely to be replaced. But Fleck has not shown the sort of form he did in the Premier League or previously, and Rothwell could at least challenge the Scot’s position.

On a free, the ‘super talented’ Joe Rothwell makes a lot of sense for Sheffield United. Experienced at this level but likely to do be able to do a job if we did go up, he ticks a lot of boxes for the board, that’s for sure.

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