Sheffield United handed transfer blow as Manchester City monitor £30m-rated Italian

Sheffield United have been handed hope in their fight against Premier League relegation after beating Newcastle United last night.

Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 5:50 pm
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder celebrated his first three points of the season against Newcastle. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Boyhood Blade Billy Sharp’s 73rd-minute penalty earned the club their first league win of the season at the 18th attempt.

Further wins will be the key to top-flight survival, so perhaps some new signings in the January transfer window will help do the job.

One man who is known to be on Wilder’s radar is Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, but a report from The Athletic says the 28-year-old isn’t too keen on dropping into a relegation battle.

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Instead, he’s happy to bide his time this month for alternative offers. If a deal to Bramall Lane is to happen, it may be finalised later in the window.

Here’s a round-up of some of the other transfer rumours involving Sheffield United and their Premier League rivals this evening:

Newcastle United are battling Wolves for £14million-rated Montpellier striker Andy Delort, who is keen on a return to England having previously spent time at Wigan. (The Sun)

Chelsea would prefer to loan Fikayo Tomori to a European club, a big blow to Newcastle and Leeds United, who have reportedly shown interest in the England defender. (Football Insider)

Northampton Town are said to be leading the way to sign Leeds striker Ryan Edmondson on loan. A number of fellow League One clubs are also interested, with Bradford City linked earlier in the week. (BBC)

The door has opened for Leeds United to sign Yasser Larouci this month after Liverpool failed to tie him down to a new contract. Marcelo Bielsa was reportedly interested in the defender last summer. (Football Insider)

Sunderland have made an enquiry for Brighton and Hove Albion full-back Alex Cochrane. The 20-year-old is into the final six months of his contract and currently on loan at The Union SG. (Football Insider)

Arsenal are monitoring Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon with a view to making an offer for the Israel international this summer. The Gunners have held initial talks with the player’s representatives. (The Guardian)

Manchester City have shortlisted Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli ahead of a potential summer move. His contract runs until 2023 and is expected to cost at least £30million. Juventus are also tracking him. (Daily Mail)

West Ham United need to raise their £7m bid if they are to beat Marseille to the signing of Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik. The Pole scored 11 goals in 26 Serie A games last season. (Radio Kiss Kiss via SportWitness)