SHEFFIELD UNITED: Championship clubs monitoring Willo’s situation at Bramall Lane

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BURNLEY are set to re-ignite their interest in Sheffield United’s Lee Williamson after the midfielder’s contract at Bramall Lane expired.

Williamson, who scored 13 goals in 49 appearances last season, first attracted the Championship club’s attention in January and, although their manager Eddie Howe elected not to submit a concrete offer, he is understood to have kept a watching brief on the 29-year-old’s situation ever since.

The Star understands that Nottingham Forest are also interested in acquiring Williamson’s services should he reject United’s offer of a fresh deal.

However, Forest’s complicated financial position means they would be unable to match what could be a lucrative offer from Turf Moor.

Burnley have money to spend after agreeing a near £7m fee with Premier League new boys Southampton for Jay Rodriguez.

With the versatile forward yet to agree personal terms, Howe’s interest in Williamson could wane if Richard Chaplow is allowed to move in the opposite direction.

But with Aston Villa and Sunderland also reportedly monitoring developments surrounding Rodriguez, the former England under-21 international seems destined to leave Lancashire.

Everton, Fulham and Cardiff City have also previously been linked with Rodriguez whose father played for Deportivo de La Coruna in Spain.

United expected to discover shortly whether Williamson, a member of the team beaten in last month’s League One play-off final at Wembley, will opt to remain with Danny Wilson’s side or continue a career which also includes spells with Mansfield, Rotherham and Watford elsewhere.