No respite for Southend as Sheffield United still want Ryan Leonard

Gregg Wylde of Northampton Town moves forward with the ball watched by Ryan Leonard of Southend United in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Southend United and Northampton...

Sheffield United still keen on signing Ryan Leonard from Southend despite securing John Lundstram.

Despite having completed the signing of John Lundstram from Oxford United, Sheffield United are still keen on bringing fellow central midfielder Ryan Leonard to Bramall Lane from Southend United.

Blades manager Chris Wilder has made no secret of his desire to sign Leonard and the Independent reported the 25-year-old put in a transfer request at Roots Hall after the latest £500,000 bid for him was turned down.

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager shouts instructions during the pre season friendly match between Sheffield United and Stoke City at Bramall Lane on July 25, 2017 in Sheffield,...Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager shouts instructions during the pre season friendly match between Sheffield United and Stoke City

Shrimpers chairman Ron Martin and manager Phil Brown have not wavered from their stance that their captain is not for sale and may have thought United's deal for Lundstram would see the pursuit finally fade.

But Wilder's assistant Alan Knill has confirmed that the Yorkshire club are still very much in the chase for Leonard and have not given up hope of seeing the midfield ace in a red and white striped shirt before too long.

"It's still there, it's still ongoing," Knill told the Sheffield Star.

"Where we are exactly with things, I'm not sure to be honest. But it's still on our agenda, yes."

Gregg Wylde of Northampton Town moves forward with the ball watched by Ryan Leonard of Southend United in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Southend United and Northampton...Gregg Wylde of Northampton Town moves forward with the ball watched by Ryan Leonard of Southend United

The same report from the Independent also outlined that Leonard is keen to test himself in the Championship, having made just one appearance at that level in his career so far.

The Southend skipper has been with the Essex club for six years since joining from boyhood side Plymouth Argyle and has been named their player of the year for three of the past four seasons.

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