Wigan target Sheffield United star Brayford

Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell

HITC Sport understands Wigan Athletic are tracking Sheffield United defender.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney in action with Sheffield United's George Long and John Brayford

Wigan Athletic are lining up a move for Sheffield United defender John Brayford, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Wigan boss Gary Caldwell is keen to bring in a new right-back before the close of the transfer window and Brayford has emerged as his top target.

Brayford is regarded as one of the best full-backs in the Football League and he has a wealth of experience of playing in the Championship during his time at Derby County and Cardiff City.

The 28-year-old started his career at Burton Albion, but he came to the fore at Crewe and his performances for the Alex saw him secure a move to Derby in 2010.

Wigan have held a long-term interest in Brayford and tried to sign him in 2013 when they were in the Premier League only for Cardiff to win the race for his signature.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder

After an indifferent spell at Cardiff, Brayford joined Sheffield United initially on loan in January 2014 before making the move permanent a year later.

The attacking full-back made 21 appearances last season after recovering from a serious knee injury at the end of the 2014/15 season.

It remains to be seen if Sheffield United would consider selling Brayford, with new Blades boss Chris Wilder keen to build a side capable of winning promotion out of League One this season.

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