Should Sheffield United turn attention to Brentford's Woods after Leonard rejection?

SOUTHEND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16:Ryan Leonard of Southend United attempts to control the ball watchd by Yaser Kasim of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Southend...

Southend have rejected another bid from Sheffield United for Ryan Leonard so should they instead look at Brentford's Ryan Woods?

SOUTHEND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16:Ryan Leonard of Southend United attempts to control the ball watchd by Yaser Kasim of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Southend...Ryan Leonard of Southend United attempts to control the ball watched by Yaser Kasim of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match.

Sheffield United have had a renewed bid for Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard rejected, with the Southend Echo reporting the fee to be in the region of £700,000.

The Blades made two attempts over the summer to sign Leonard - who also previously interested Millwall - but they were also turned down despite the fact the 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave on a free transfer.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25 Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Birmingham City at Bramall Lane...Chris Wilder, manager of Sheffield United, looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match against Birmingham City.

Manager Chris Wilder is looking for support in central midfield after Paul Coutts suffered a broken leg during the recent 3-1 Championship victory at Burton Albion, an injury that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the campaign.

United have not won in the second tier of English football since, drawing once and losing twice, with John Lundstram filling in for the absent Coutts.

Yet if Southend boss Phil Brown is so determined not to sell Leonard then perhaps Wilder should look elsewhere and perhaps Brentford's Ryan Woods would fit the bill perfectly.

Bradley Johnson of Derby County chases down Ryan Woods of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Derby County at Griffin Park on September 26, 2017 in...Bradley Johnson of Derby County chases down Ryan Woods of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match at Griffin Park.

Woods has started his third term at Griffin Park since a 2015 switch from Shrewsbury Town in impressive fashion and Get West London claim that both Burnley and Swansea City have shown interest as a result.

The 23-year-old is under contract with the Bees until 2020 and is likely to cost significantly more than Leonard, but would also be a far superior signing and could help push Wilder's side towards promotion to the Premier League after a strong start to 2017/18 has tapered off somewhat in recent times.

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