Scunthorpe United and Fleetwood Town favourites to sign Sheffield United's Jake Wright on loan

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion at Bramall Lane on December 14, 2018 in Sheffield,...

Scunthorpe United, Fleetwood Town, Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley are understood to be tracking the Sheffield United centre-back.

Jake Wright of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United at Hillsborough on September 23, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

Sheffield United's Jake Wright is interesting Scunthorpe United, Fleetwood Town, Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley ahead of the January transfer window, according to HITC Sport sources.

It is understood both Scunthorpe and Fleetwood have identified Wright as their top defensive target, and are hopeful of concluding a deal to sign him on loan until the end of the season - although two of the Blades' local rivals, Doncaster and Barnsley, could yet make moves.

 

Wright has 18 months left on his contract at Sheffield United, whose first team he last appeared for in April - largely due to injury.

And the 32-year-old's manager, Chris Wilder, admitted to BBC Radio Sheffield on Monday morning that some players not in his regular 18 could leave on temporary or permanent deals in the early New Year.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion at Bramall Lane on December 14, 2018 in Sheffield,...

Wright helped the Blades to the League One title in his first season at Bramall Lane, before playing 17 times at Championship level the following campaign.

And that experience could be particularly helpful to Barnsley, Doncaster or Fleetwood, who are all competing for promotion from the third tier - which Scunthorpe are fighting to stay in.

Chris Basham of Sheffield United and Jake Wright of Sheffield United celebrate at full time during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United at...

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