Sheffield United rekindle Dean Hammond loan interest

HITC Sport understands Sheffield United have rekindled their interest in Leicester City midfielder Dean Hammond.

Sheffield United are hoping to resurrect a loan move for Leicester City midfielder Dean Hammond, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Hammond has been linked with a loan move away from Leicester over the last few weeks after finding himself down the pecking order in Claudio Ranieri's plans, with the Foxes riding high in the Premier League.

The former Brighton & Hove Albion man has made just one appearance, in the Capital One Cup win at Bury, and a number of Football League clubs are monitoring his situation at the King Power Stadium now that the loan window is open.

Southampton have been chasing Hammond for several weeks, with Blades boss Nigel Adkins a big fan of the midfielder having worked with him during his time in charge of Southampton.

Sheffield United have so far been unable to strike a deal with Leicester to take Hammond on loan, but Adkins is desperate to bring him to Bramall Lane and the two clubs have reopened talks as they look to find a compromise.

Hammond, who joined Leicester from Southampton in the summer of 2013, is in the final year of his current deal at Leicester and his experience, having won promotion twice with the Foxes and Southampton, makes him an attractive proposition to Sheffield United as they look to bolster their squad for a push out of League One.

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