Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper has been discussing the reported Sheffield United interest in Joe Rodon.
The Sun on Sunday (October 27, page 61) claim the Blades are interested in signing Rodon during the upcoming January transfer window.
According to the report, manager Chris Wilder is keen to add to his defensive options. It’s said Rodon would cost around the same as the club record fee United paid Swansea for Oli McBurnie over the summer.
McBurnie arrived at Bramall Lane for £20m. Now Cooper has responded to rumours the Blades want another of his players.
“I haven’t heard of any official interest in Joe or anyone else for that matter,” Cooper told Wales Online. “I know we’ve lost good players previously in the summer window, and the Championship really is churning out some good young players.
“If a club or player does well then there’s always that ambition and that possibility that they move up to the next level which is the Premier League.
“If some of our players are attracting interest, I think it’s a good thing, because it means they’re playing well and it means we’ve got good players.”
Why Sheffield United may be put off Joe Rodon
Cooper also had an interesting injury update about Rodon. The centre-back is currently sidelined after undergoing surgery on an ankle tendon injury.
Cooper says that Rodon is now likely to be out of action until early February. So if Wilder is keen on bringing the 22-year-old to south Yorkshire, this may change his mind.
Rodon has become a regular for the Swans over the past two seasons since their relegation to the Championship. The defender has played 41 times for them to date and also earned his first four senior caps for Wales in 2019.
Rodon would have plenty of competition in central defence at United. Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell have started every league match this term. Behind them Phil Jagielka, Richard Stearman and Kean Bryan provide support.