CHARLTON Athletic have entered the race for John Fleck.
News the Championship club plan to speak to the Scotland under-21 international’s representatives later this week will come as a major blow to Sheffield United, who are also courting his signature.
Danny Wilson, the United manager, has failed in two previous attempts to lure the 20-year-old to South Yorkshire.
However, his willingness to consider making what would be a third and almost certainly final approach is an indication of how highly Fleck is rated behind the scenes at Bramall Lane.
Charlton, who topped the League One table last season, have been monitoring another United target - Leicester City’s Jeffrey Schlupp - as they look to strengthen this term.
Fleck’s decision to leave Rangers has alerted a number of teams in England with Coventry City counting themselves among his army of admirers.
The recent liquidation of the Scottish giant’s holding company prompted the attacking midfielder to exercise his rights under employment regulations and refuse a ‘move’ to its ‘newco.’