Sunderland have joined the chase for Sheffield United defender Ben Heneghan, reports Sky Sports Transfer Centre (17/7, 13:45).

Reading have been linked with Heneghan for some time and are said to maintain an interest. Apparently both clubs have made initial enquiries about signing the 25-year-old.

Following promotion to the Premier League, Heneghan has been deemed surplus to requirements by the Blades. The centre-back has made just one appearance for the South Yorkshire side since joining from Motherwell two years ago.

Heneghan spent last season on loan in League One with Blackpool. Now he could be returning to the division with the Black Cats, or may be given a chance in the Championship by the Royals.

Who else is leaving as well as Ben Heneghan?

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According to the Daily Mail, Heneghan was one of seven players placed on the transfer list by the Blades after confirming their return to the top flight.

The others are Samir Carruthers, Leon Clarke, Ched Evans, Ricky Holmes, Nathan Thomas and Jake Wright.

Thomas has already left Bramall Lane, joining Gillingham on a season-long loan deal. The winger has made just three appearances since arriving from Hartlepool United on a free transfer in 2017.

Football Insider claims Birmingham City, Hull City and Wigan Athletic are all battling it out for Clarke. Meanwhile, Oxford United manager Karl Robinson told the Oxford Mail he is interested in signing Evans.

Aside from that there appears to be no concrete interest in any of the other players now unwanted by boss Chris Wilder.

The Blades have already been relatively busy this summer, twice breaking their transfer record. Phil Jagielka rejoined the club from Everton as a free agent, before Luke Freeman was signed from QPR and Callum Robinson arrived from Preston North End.

Business isn’t expected to end there, either, with around four new signings seeming likely.

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