Duo would welcome the chance to work under Slavisa Jokanovic at Sheffield United next season

Adiene Guedioura and Jonathan Kodjia would both consider opportunities to work under Slavisa Jokanovic again, when the Serb officially takes charge of Sheffield United next month.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 5:00 am

The duo, previously of Watford and Aston Villa respectively, both moved to Al-Gharafa following Jokanovic’s appointment by the Qatari club in 2019.

The 52-year-old, who won promotion from the Championship at Vicarage Road before also leading Fulham into the top-flight three seasons ago, is set to arrive in South Yorkshire later this summer when his contract in Doha expires.

Although it remains unclear if he will consider offering any members of his squad the chance to join him at Bramall Lane - Jokanovic outlined his respect for his present employers after agreeing to succeed Chris Wilder - Guedioura and Kodjia have excelled at the Than bin Jassim Stadium.

Sign up to our Sheffield United newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Slavisa Jokanovic will take charge of Sheffield United next season: Clive Rose/Getty Images
Slavisa Jokanovic will take charge of Sheffield United next season: Clive Rose/Getty Images

After being relegated from the Premier League last term, United are expected to freshen up their squad before attempting to regain top-flight status at the first attempt.

Tom Cairney, who helped Jokanovic deliver PL football to Craven Cottage, has inevitably been linked with United in recent days. However, although they are thought to be monitoring his situation in west London closely, United are unlikely to meet Fulham’s £10m asking price for a player who turned 30 in January.

Guedioura, five years Cairney’s senior, scored three goals in 13 starts for Watford when Jokanovic led them to a second placed finish in 2015. Fernando Forestieri, the former Sheffield Wednesday attacker, was also a member of the Hertfordshire outfit’s squad and recently took to social media to wish Jokanovic well on the other side of the city.

Kodjia, aged 31 and capped 24 times by the Ivory Coast, joined Al-Gharafa in January last year and has netted 19 times since.

Jokanovic presented United owner HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud with a list of potential targets during a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this month. Despite being content to allow Jan van Winckel, United’s de facto director of football, to pursue those, Jokanovic is set to take a more hands on approach when he returns to England permanently.