The Liverpool youngster has struggled at Sheffield United, who would be wise to consider Everton’s Dowell instead.

Sheffield United will definitely target competition for Mark Duffy in the January transfer window, according to the Star reporter Alan Biggs.

Having lost David Brooks in the summer transfer window, that man was meant to be another young Welshman in Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn.

But the 19-year-old has found life tough since his season-long move to Bramall Lane, and there is talk of him returning to Anfield six months early – talk that was confirmed possible by the United manager Chris Wilder on Thursday.

QPR’s Luke Freeman and Birmingham’s Jota Peleteiro have already been discussed in the media as potential January recruits, but what about Everton’s Kieran Dowell?

Dowell impressed as England’s Under-21s beat Denmark 5-1 on Tuesday, but has only played twice for Everton this season (totalling 135 minutes in the EFL Cup) and is someone that you would think could be on the market in January, even if it’s only to loan.

At two years Woodburn’s senior and having registered 10 goals and five assists while at Nottingham Forest last season, Dowell is a player who, in theory and unlike his Liverpool rival, could slot straight into a Sheffield United side seeking to maintain its charge towards the Premier League.

And given United’s strong links with Everton – to whom they sold Dowell’s teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin two years ago and whose Under-23s are managed and recruited for by former Blades David Unsworth and Jamie Hoyland, respectively – there are grounds to think that a move to Bramall Lane could be a goer.

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