Trevor Sinclair thinks Leicester City should hijack Sheffield United trying to sign Jesse Lingard.
Lingard has been linked with a loan move to Bramall Lane in the January transfer window.
Blades manager Chris Wilder discussed the prospect with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his side’s recent 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.
The South Yorkshire club are even ready to loosen their financial restraints to pay Lingard’s £100,000-a-week wages.
Yet Sinclair thinks the 28-year-old should be playing for a team higher up the Premier League table.
“There’s a club where I feel he would suit the manager’s ethos,” the former midfielder said on talkSPORT (December 23, 12.45pm)
“Leicester City. I think he could fit into Brendan Rodgers’ style of play, getting in between the lines. He’s got great energy and, technically, he’s very good.
“He could be very useful for Leicester. He’s still a young man with a lot left to give, if he’s got that hunger to go and prove himself.”
Sheffield United do face competition for Lingard
While Leicester aren’t currently linked, the Blades aren’t the only side interested in the England international.
Elsewhere in the English top flight, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion have previously been credited with showing interest.
More recently, Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United are said to be keen. Meanwhile in Scotland, both Celtic and Rangers are keeping tabs on the situations.
Yet it’s the Blades at the moment who are showing the most willing to sign Lingard. Which is unsurprising, considering how badly lacking they are of a player like him.
They need a creative midfielder to help them in the final third, having struggled in attack for much of this season.
Their eight goals in 14 matches is the joint lowest total in the division alongside Burnley – who have played a game fewer.