Championship duo eye Rochdale's Joe Bunney

Joe Bunney celebrates scoring the first goal for Rochdale

HITC Sport understands interest is mounting in the Rochdale star, with Wigan, Preston and Sheffield United all keen.

Joe Bunney celebrates scoring the first goal for RochdaleJoe Bunney celebrates scoring for Rochdale

A number of Championship and League One clubs are tracking highly-rated Rochdale star Joe Bunney, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Bunney has been earning rave reviews at Rochdale this season after being converted from a striker into a left-back in September.

The 23-year-old has been a revelation in his new role in Keith Hill's side in that he is naturally a threat going forward, scoring one goal and creating nine assists to help Rochdale into fifth spot in the League One table.

Joe Bunney scores the first goal for RochdaleJoe Bunney scores for Rochdale

Bunney laid on two assists in last weekend's win over Northampton and clubs have been keeping tabs on his progress after being alerted to his performances since moving to left-back.

Championship duo Wigan Athletic and Preston North End have been scouting Bunney for several weeks, while Rochdale’s League One rivals Sheffield United are also casting admiring glances at the attacking full-back.

Bunney, who joined Rochdale from Northwich Victoria in March 2013, is out of contract at Spotland next summer and his contract situation has alerted his suitors.

Rochdale are reluctant to lose Bunney, but they are bracing themselves for interest in the defender when the transfer window reopens next month.

Joe Bunney celebrates scoring the first goal for RochdaleJoe Bunney celebrates

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