It could be time for Sheffield United to revisit their reported interest in Swansea City defender Joe Rodon.
The Blades were linked with a move for Rodon last year, but nothing materialised. More recently, both Manchester United and West Ham United are thought to be keen on the 22-year-old.
Yet Wales Online reports that Man United are now out of the running for Rodon. Despite conceding six goals in their opening two Premier League matches, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he’s happy with his current centre-back options.
“We’ve got many defenders here. For me, we’ve got enough good centre-backs here at the moment,” Solskjaer said.
It apparently leaves West Ham with a free run to sign Rodon, who is valued at around £20m. However, Swansea say they are yet to receive a bid for the Wales international.
Why Sheffield United need Joe Rodon
The Blades are in the market for a new defender following the news that Jack O’Connell is likely to miss the rest of the season. O’Connell is due to undergo knee surgery on Wednesday and Chris Wilder doesn’t expect to have him available again in 2020/21.
This is a huge blow for the South Yorkshire club, who are looking to improve following a poor start to the new campaign. Their 1-0 defeat to Leeds United on Sunday means they have lost all three of their league games so far without scoring a goal.
The O’Connell news has led Wilder to begin searching for a new defensive recruit. In Rodon, they have the ideal option.
One issue would be the price-tag, but it would be worth spending on a player arguably better than their current options.
Rodon has helped the Swans to an unbeaten start to the new Championship season. They haven’t conceded a single goal in their three games played so far.
Jack Robinson filled in for O’Connell against Leeds. Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu was also handed his first league start in place of the suspended John Egan.
Chris Basham remains a mainstay at the back, while Phil Jagielka was on the bench at the weekend. Yet Rodon is a player who could be – or perhaps even is – at the same level as Egan; arguably the club’s best centre-back currently.
Signing the Welshman would help turn a disappointing situation into a positive one.