Sheffield United are among the clubs interested in signing Macauley Bonne from Leyton Orient, according to the Sun.
Bonne has been described as the “next Jamie Vardy” having made a name for himself in non-league. The 23-year-old has scored 16 goals in the National League already this season.
Vardy’s current club, Leicester City, are among five Premier League sides tracking Bonne. Crystal Palace, Fulham, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United are also keen on the striker.
From the Championship, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, QPR and Stoke City join the Blades in tracking Bonne.
The forward is valued at £500,000 having helped Orient to their current position at the top of the table.
Bonne transfer right for United?
Bonne came through the ranks at Colchester United, breaking into their first team in 2013/14. He played 84 times for them in League One and League Two.
When the O’s were relegated from the EFL in 2017 they made a move for the Zimbabwe international and his impact was immediate.
In Bonne’s first season at Brisbane Road he scored 22 league goals in 44 matches. At the rate he’s finding the net this time around he’s set to beat that tally in 2018/19.
Comparisons with Vardy have emerged because the England international scored 31 times in 36 games in non-league before Leicester signed him.
United are in the market for support upfront and are expected to try and sign a new striker in the January transfer window.
Whether Chris Wilder would view Bonne as right candidate is debatable, especially as the Zimbabwean has no Championship experience.
That being said, neither did Vardy when he first arrived at the Foxes and he’s now a Premier League champion.
Rumours suggest that Wilder wants a loanee from the top flight. Yet with an aging strike force of Leon Clarke, David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp currently at Bramall Lane perhaps the youth of Bonne would be welcomed.