Report: Sheffield United pushing hard to sign Lenihan and Leonard

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United before the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Brentford at Bramall Lane on August 5, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

Sheffield United are still in the hunt for Blackburn defender Darragh Lenihan and Southend midfielder Ryan Leonard.

Sheffield United have not given up hope of signing Darragh Lenihan from Blackburn Rovers and Southend United's Ryan Leonard, despite having bids for both players rejected - reports the Sheffield Star.

Manager Chris Wilder has described his recruitment drive as a "continual thing" as he looks to bring in two more players to take his overall intake of incoming transfers this summer to nine.

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United before the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Brentford at Bramall Lane on August 5, 2017 in Sheffield, England.Chris Wilder, manager of Sheffield United.

"I don't get precious if someone comes to me and offers me something for one of my players," Wilder said. "We're all in the job to manage and do deals.

"We'll put in a bid and if it gets rejected, fine. If we leave it there, it stays on the table or we decide to retract it. That's the game. We don't get embarrassed or precious about what we do. We've gone in through the front door, the right way.

"We need to strengthen the squad."

The Blades started their first Championship season in six years in solid fashion at the weekend, beating Brentford 1-0 thanks to a goal from captain Billy Sharp.

Four new signings featured in that game in some capacity, with Jamal Blackman, Richard Stearman and Enda Stevens all starting, and John Lundstram coming off the bench.

Darragh Lenihan of Blackburn Rovers and Jesse Lingard of Manchester United battle for the ball during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United...Darragh Lenihan of Blackburn Rovers and Jesse Lingard of Manchester United battle for the ball.

Lenihan and Leonard, meanwhile, went up against each other in League One, with the Blackburn defender coming off with a slight knock and the midfielder scoring in a 2-1 victory for Southend.

What United are prepared to pay for the duo remains to be seen, with Sky Sports reporting £1.25m was the latest bid turned down for the Rovers star, while HITC understands a £500,000 offer plus add-ons was rejected by the Shrimpers for their skipper.

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