Sheffield United linked with shock move for Manchester City's former £12m midfielder

Sheffield United have been linked with a surprise move for former Everton and Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell, who is on the hunt for a new club after failing to secure a deal with Serie A side Roma last month.

Tuesday, 5th November 2019, 2:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th November 2019, 2:45 pm

Rodwell, 28, is still looking for a new team to join after leaving Blackburn Rovers at the end of last season, and a report from Football Insider has claimed that Chris Wilder is interested in snapping up the player on a free transfer.

The story suggests that the Blades boss is looking to acquire another right-sided central defender, and is of the opinion that the former Sunderland player is capable of adapting his play to suit the role.

Indeed, Rodwell would be reverting to his previous role, after playing at the back for both Everton and England at youth level during the early stages of his career.

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It wouldn't be the first time that Wilder has looked to acquire a player with a once lofty reputation who has fallen from grace, with Ravel Morrison joining the Blades in the last transfer window.

Rodwell is currently believed to be training with Italian side Parma, with a view to joining the club in the near future. It remains to be seen whether another side will look to hijack the deal in the coming days.