Sky pundit issues verdict on Sheffield Utd target, Relegation rivals offered chance to sign French top flight duo - Transfer recap

Sheffield United desperately need a spark to kick-start their ailing season.

By Jason Jones
Monday, 11th January 2021, 8:14 pm

The Blades have struggled to rekindle the exceptional form that saw them take the Premier League by storm last term, and Chris Wilder’s men are still yet to pick up a win in the league this term.

They did, however, record a battling victory over Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup at the weekend, and the hope will be that it can give their campaign a much-needed jolt.

Another key component in getting United back on track could be some savvy business in the transfer window, and one man who has been linked consistently is Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard.

Sign up to our Sheffield United newsletter

The 28-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, and the Blades are favourites to sign him at odds of just 2/1.

Earlier in the day, Sky Sports pundit Sue Smith also talked up the prospect of Lingard leaving the north west this month, telling the Football Show: "You just think a move away, a fresh start, will really do him the world of good."

Whether the England internatonal is of the same opinion remains to be seen.

We’ve also gathered some of the latest and most intriguing Premier League rumours from throughout the day below:

Burnley are plotting to make a move for Everton full-back Jonjoe Kenny in the January transfer window. It is unclear whether a deal would be permanent or a loan agreement. (Football Insider)

Brighton have launched an official bid to sign Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo. The teenager had been linked with a move to Manchester United this month, but the Reds appear to have cooled their interest, and Newcastle United are now the most likely side to challenge the Seagulls for his signature. (Fabrizio Romano via Sky Sports)

Spanish side Valencia are keen on taking Harry Winks on loan from Tottenham this month. There has, however, been no formal bid for the midfielder, and Spurs are reluctant to let him go. (Sky Sports)

Former Republic of Ireland striker Stephen Elliot has urged Shane Duffy to end his miserable loan spell at Celtic and return to Brighton. (Off the Ball Podcast)

West Brom have been offered the opportunity to sign two players from the French top flight. Cameroon international striker Stephane Bahoken currently plays for Angers and could be available on a loan-to-buy deal, while Rennes midfielder Clement Grenier is also an option and is out of contract at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

Leeds United have been mentioned as potential suitors for Norwegian left-back Fredrik Andre Bjorkan. Sampdoria are said to be very interested in the 22-year-old, but they could face competition from the Whites, as well as Newcastle United and Norwich City. (La Repubblica)

£10.8 million could be enough for Leeds United to complete a deal for reported target Erick Pulgar this month. The Chilean midfielder currently plies his trade for Fiorentina. (Fiorentina News)

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is in talks over a potential move to Bayer Leverkusen. A deal would cost around £1.8 million. (Various)