It seems as if John Lundstram could be leaving Sheffield United in January.
Manager Chris Wilder is willing to sell Lundstram in the next transfer window, with no progress having been made on a new deal.
The midfielder is out of contract next summer. Although a new one has been offered, the 26-year-old has not put pen to paper.
It means the Blades may have to cash in on Lundstram in the new year if they want to receive any money for him. Burnley, Crystal Palace and Rangers are all believed to be keen.
Claims are that United will reignite their interest in Reading’s John Swift if Lundstram leaves Bramall Lane. They had a £3.5m offer for Swift rejected during the summer, with the Royals wanting more than £7m.
However, if a deal for the 25-year-old still proves tricky, what alternative options are there in the Championship?
3 alternatives to Swift if Lundstram leaves Sheffield United
Like Lundstram, the Preston North End midfielder is also set to become a free agent next summer. Alex Neil is keen to keep Browne at Deepdale, but The Irish Examiner reports they may too be forced to sell.
Last month, a fee of around £3m was named for the 25-year-old – who has been linked with a surprise move to Trabzonspor, who are managed by former Chelsea coach Eddie Newton.
Swift’s Reading teammate has already caught the eye of others in the Premier League, with The Reading Chronicle reporting Arsenal, Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are all interested.
Two of them are said to have offered in excess of £5m for Olise in the summer. These bids for the 18-year-old were rejected, with the Championship leaders wanting far more.
While Browne falls into the relatively cheap camp and Olise more expensive, Saville is more likely to lean towards the latter. That’s because Middlesbrough paid £8m (Belfast Telegraph) for the 27-year-old when they signed him from from Millwall in January 2019.
A box-to-box midfielder Saville is very much in the Lundstram mould. And the Northern Ireland international could well be tempted by a move to the top flight.