Why Sheffield United's interest in Southend's Leonard could wane

Ryan Leonard of Southend United in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Southend United and Northampton Town at Roots Hall on September 16, 2017 in Southend, England.

Will John Lundstram impressing for Sheffield United see their interest in Southend's Ryan Leonard lessen?

Bobby Reid of Bristol City and John Lundstram of Sheffield United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Bristol City at Bramall Lane on December 8,...Bobby Reid of Bristol City and John Lundstram of Sheffield United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Bramall Lane.

John Lundstram was praised by Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder following his fine performance during the 3-0 Championship victory over Sunderland on Boxing Day.

The 23-year-old was a £500,000 signing from Oxford United in the summer following the Blades' promotion from League One.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Bristol City at Bramall Lane on December 8, 2017 in Sheffield, England.Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder during the Sky Bet Championship match against Bristol City.

"I've maintained it all along about John," Wilder told the Sheffield Star. "He's a young player, he's a good player and, if you put four or five seasons on him, you're going to be talking about a top, top player."

Lundstram has been given more opportunities since a season-ending injury to Paul Coutts on November 17, starting all seven league matches since Coutts broke his leg.

With the midfielder having now seemed to establish himself in the starting XI, could this mean the end of United's long held interest in Southend United's Ryan Leonard?

Ryan Leonard of Southend United in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Southend United and Northampton Town at Roots Hall on September 16, 2017 in Southend, England.Ryan Leonard of Southend United in action during the Sky Bet League One match against Northampton Town.

Wilder admitted to the same newspaper earlier in December that the Yorkshire side were still in negotiations for Leonard, who they also tried to sign over the summer, but is the need for the 25-year-old starting to wane?

The Southend captain is out of contract at the end of the season but the Shrimpers are determined not to sell in the January transfer window.

Southend United manager Phil Brown looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Southend United and Northampton Town at Roots Hall on September 16, 2017 in Southend, England.Southend United manager Phil Brown looks on during the Sky Bet League One match against Northampton Town.

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