Sheffield United have a decision to make over transfer target

RSC Anderlecht are thought to be demanding around £10m for Elias Cobbaut, a figure which could make it impossible for Sheffield United to sign the centre-half.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 8:28 am

As The Star confirmed last week, representatives acting on behalf of Chris Wilder monitored Cobbaut’s progress ahead of this month’s transfer window after United’s manager made bolstering their defence his top priority.

Ipswich Town’s Luke Woolfenden is another player who boasts admirers at Bramall Lane, after impressing for Paul Lambert’s side this term.

With the Belgians wanting a four-fold return on the investment they made to lure Cobbaut away from KV Mechelen two years ago, Wilder is likely to begin exploring alternative options unless officials at Lotto Park lower their asking price.

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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

Although United have understandably refused to confirm how much money has been placed at his disposal ahead of the forthcoming deadline, it has been suggested in some circles that Anderlecht’s valuation could exceed Wilder’s budget; something which could be behind their decision to explore the possibility of entering the loan market.

Woolfenden, aged 21, is likely to be attainable should United decide to consolidate their interest.

Despite being well-placed to win promotion from League One, Lambert has admitted Town will be forced to consider offers for their best young players providing any money raised is ploughed back into recruitment.

Flynn Downes, Woolfenden’s colleague at Portman Road, has also caught the eye of Championship and top-flight clubs.

Cobbaut, 11 months Woolfenden’s senior, started Anderlecht’s draw with Antwerp ahead of the Jupiler Pro League’s winter break.