Sheffield United are interested in signing Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, reports the Sheffield Star.

Manager Chris Wilder is keen to add a box-to-box player to his squad before the transfer window closes.

This is despite the fact the Blades have already made eight new signings this summer after earning promotion to the Premier League.

While Phillips is on their radar, Leeds do not want to lose the 23-year-old. Aston Villa have also shown interest, but the Whites’ asking price has effectively ruled everyone out.

So if Phillips isn’t an option, which other similar players from the Championship could Wilder target?

Alternatives to Kalvin Phillips for Sheffield United

Alan Browne

The Blades have already signed one 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international from Preston North End this summer, so why not another?

Callum Robinson arrives at Bramall Lane with a growing reputation, but former Lilywhites teammate Browne is arguably equally as impressive.

With the ability to play defensively, the Irishman’s talents going forwards really shone last season when he scored 12 league goals for Preston.

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Josh Brownhill

An academy graduate from Deepdale, Brownhill has made a name for himself at Bristol City. In fact the 23-year-old’s excellent performances last term did apparently draw some admiring glances from the top flight.

An all-action midfielder bubbling with energy, Brownhill is probably a little more defensively minded than Browne, although did manage to score six goals in all competitions in 2018/19.

That included the winner against Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup third round.

Aaron Mooy

Amazingly Mooy remains a Huddersfield player despite their relegation to the Championship. According to Goal, Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United have all shown interest at various points this summer.

Yet despite Mooy showing the attributes to be a top ten player in the Premier League, he remains in England’s second tier.

The Terriers are understandably keen to keep hold of the Australia international and he turns 29 next month. However, he remains a huge talent.

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