SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades keep an eye on Schlupp

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SHEFFIELD United are continuing to monitor Leicester City striker Jeffrey Schlupp despite identifying alternative targets in the transfer market.

Schlupp, who has represented both Germany and Ghana at international level, is expected to leave The King Power Stadium on loan next term.

Danny Wilson, United’s manager, retains a long-standing interest in the teenager having come close to signing him last season only for injury to scupper the deal.

Chris Porter’s continued presence bolsters the League One club’s attacking options but Wilson, who last week announced the former Derby County marksman had agreed a new contract, is understood to be keen on further increasing competition for places ahead of August 11th’s Capital One Cup tie against Burton Albion.

The Star understands that United have yet to lodge a formal approach for Schlupp’s services but officials at City are aware of their interest.

Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace are also known to be admirers of the 19-year-old but Leicester boss Nigel Pearson would prefer not let him join a Championship rival.

Recent events at Watford, where Sean Dyche was dismissed following the Pozzo family’s takeover, means they are now likely to pursue other avenues instead.

Schlupp, now fully recovered from knee surgery, was born in Hamburg and won under-19 caps for Germany before switching his allegiance to Ghana.

He scored six goals in 10 appearances during a loan spell at Brentford last year.

United will discover whether Lee Williamson and Kevin McDonald report back for pre-season training this week. The midfield duo were both offered new contracts but have yet to accept. Williamson counts Nottingham Forest and Burnley among his list of admirers.