Sheffield United are linked with two midfielders – QPR’s Luke Freeman and Jonathan Hogg of Huddersfield Town.
The Sun reports that the Blades have made a £4m offer for Freeman. Apparently the 27-year-old is keen on a move to the Premier League and therefore the R’s will allow him to leave.
However, the same newspaper also says that United are interested in Hogg. They face competition from Schalke in the race to sign the 30-year-old.
That is because the German side are now managed by former Huddersfield boss David Wagner. Wagner is open to a reunion with Hogg in the Bundesliga.
It is unclear how much the Terriers ace would cost, although he is under contract until 2020 with the option of a further year. The feeling is that the Championship club are ready to cash in on him.
Freeman or Hogg better for Sheffield United?
As an attacking midfielder, Freeman would appear to better match the list of targets outlined by the Sheffield Star.
The report says that manager Chris Wilder wants to sign five new players this summer after promotion. One of them is a new number ten.
Freeman greatly impressed in that role last season, scoring nine goals and providing eight assists in all competitions. Yet unlike Hogg, the former Arsenal trainee does not have any top flight experience.
Not that it should be an issue for Wilder, with another Sheffield Star report stating he wants to sign Championship players who can make the step up.
That said, it could prove useful to add the experience of Hogg to his squad. There are only four at Bramall Lane currently who have ever played in the Premier League.
Hogg, meanwhile, has 64 games in the division under his belt. He is a very different player to Freeman, though, operating more as a defensive midfielder.
Which may be no bad thing, as following the release of Paul Coutts, Wilder only has John Fleck, Oliver Norwood and John Lundstram as central options.