Will West Ham United return with an improved bid to sign John Fleck on deadline day?

The Sheffield Star reports that Sheffield United have already rejected an opening £4m offer for Fleck from the Hammers.

Yet with the January window not shutting until 11pm this evening, there is time for another offer.

Losing Fleck would be a major blow for the Blades, but it would be understandable if the midfielder were tempted by a move to the Premier League.

The 27-year-old was the club’s player of the year last season and has been a key figure once again this term. Fleck has missed just one Championship match in 2018/19 to help United to third in the table.

Who could replace Fleck?

If the Blades were to lose the Scot then they would need to act quickly to secure a replacement. Oliver Norwood and Fleck have formed a fine central midfield partnership this season.

Norwood has effectively been an upgrade on Paul Coutts and the two are probably too similar to operate alongside each other on a consistent basis.

John Lundstram has shown promise and is a fine squad player, but manager Chris Wilder would need more than three central midfielders to mount a serious promotion push.

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Which is the why the Blades might consider returning for a former player in Kevin McDonald.

McDonald spent two years at Bramall Lane between 2011 and 2013 during the club’s League One days, featuring 91 times.

The 30-year-old played a crucial part in Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs in 2017/18. McDonald also started this season in the Cottagers first team.

However, an ankle injury has reduced the Scotland international’s appearances and now he is being linked with a move away.

Football Insider claim that Nottingham Forest have made an approach for McDonald. Yet with his United connections and the increased chances of promotion under Wilder, perhaps a return to South Yorkshire would be a bigger draw.

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