With Ricky Holmes reportedly seeking Championship move, should Leeds rival Sheffield United again?

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United scratches his head during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Sheffield United and Leeds United were both reportedly interested in giving Charlton Athletic winger Ricky Holmes his chance in the Championship this season.

Ricky Holmes of Charlton Athletic in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Charlton Athletic and Northampton Town at The Valley on August 19, 2017 in London, England.

Ricky Holmes looked set to stay at Charlton Athletic for the foreseeable future when he signed a three-year deal in the summer.

Just a few months later, however, the prospect of the winger remaining at The Valley beyond January is in doubt. London News Online states that Holmes is now eyeing an exit with Charlton well adrift of the League One play-off places.

And Sheffield United, who made a number of unsuccessful bids this summer, are understood to be pushing hard for Charlton’s 2016/17 Player of the Year.

Ricky Holmes of Charlton Athletic scores his sides first goal from the penalty spot during the Sky Bet League One match between Charlton Athletic and Peterborough United at The Valley on...

They might not be the only ones. Kent Live stated back in July that Leeds United were also keeping a close eye on Holmes after he scored 13 goals and set up six more in League One last season. This season, he has already equalled last term’s assist tally and has a further six goals to his name.

And with Leeds now forced to live without their talisman Samu Saiz, who received a lengthy ban for spitting at Newport County’s Robbie Wilmott during The White’s shock FA Cup loss on Saturday, they need a player capable of stepping up and providing some much needed creativity.

Leeds player Samuel Saiz (21) is held back by team mates after being red carded during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on...

Could Holmes be that man? With the 30-year-old hoping to get a move to the Championship this month, he would surely be receptive to the idea of playing at Elland Road.

But with Sheffield United desperate to reunite manager Chris Wilder with his former Northampton Town favourite, Leeds will have to make their minds up quick about whether they really want to make a move for one of League One’s most influential players.

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