Chris Wilder confirms Sheffield United have made a take-it-or-leave-it bid for Ryan 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.

The Southend United midfielder is a long-term target for Sheffield United.

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 has told BBC Radio Sheffield that Sheffield United will not make any more offers for Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard.

The Sheffield United boss confirmed his side have made a fresh attempt to sign Leonard, who was a target for the Blades during the summer transfer window.

Southend have continued to rebuff the Championship side's advances for the player, but could be more inclined to sell him now with his contract up in six months' time and promotion looking unlikely at this stage.

And according to Wilder, they can either take or leave the one that is currently on the table.

Ryan Leonard of Southend United in action during the Sky Bet League Two match between Northampton Town and Southend United at Sixfields Stadium on January 3, 2015 in Northampton, England.

When asked if Sheffield United would return with another offer if Southend say no again, the 50-year-old replied: "No.

"We've made an offer, so we'll give a deadline to that. I want to get players in early January, I don't want to go through January and look towards the end of it. I don't want that situation to happen.

"We've got some big fixtures in January, so we're looking [for] the three or four players that we're looking to bring In, across the positions that we want, we want done early.

"Hopefully we'll be able to do that and can get those in place [by] 1 January to move on into the month."

Devante Cole of Fleetwood Town celebrates with team mate Wes Burns after scoring his sides goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Fleetwood Town at Sixfields...

Sheffield United are especially keen to strengthen in Leonard's area of the pitch, having lost Paul Coutts to a broken leg.

And given recent reports linking the Blades with a renewed approach for Fleetwood Town's Devante Cole, it would appear as though a new striker is also on Wilder's radar.

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