Blades Manager Chris Wilder Chasing Jeff Hendrick

Sheffield United Considering January Bid For Jeff Hendrick

According to reports in both the national and local Sheffield press, Sheffield United are planning on making a move for Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick in the January transfer window. The summer transfer window may have only just closed but Blades manager Chris Wilder is already looking to who he can sign next.

Premier League clubs will be able purchase new players from the 1st January 2020, when the window reopens for a month. Hendrick is supposedly high up on Wilder’s wish list, the midfielder has now entered the final year of his current contract at Turf Moor. He was an unused substitute in the Clarets’ opening day 3-0 win over Southampton and therefore there are doubts about whether he is in Sean Dyche’s plans.

Sheffield United believe they can sign the Republic of Ireland international in a cut price deal. The Clarets can either sell in January or face losing Hendrick on a free transfer the following summer. The Sheffield Star has reported Chris Wilder wanted to add a box to box player to his squad before the window shut.

Hendrick, meanwhile operated throughout midfield for Sean Dyche last season. The Irishman also played on the right-hand side towards the end of the 2018/19 season. That ability to operate anywhere in the middle of the park could prove to be very appealing to Wilder, especially if he chooses to play a 3-5-2 formation more often.

That was how the Blades lined up at Bournemouth on the opening day, it was a more cautious approach than the 3-4-1-2 that became commonplace last term and proved successful, as they left the Vitality Stadium with a 1-1 draw. Hendrick could easily slot into that three-man central midfield. He also boasts Premier League experience, having played almost 100 games in the division.

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