It is claimed that Rodon could cost a similar amount to his former Swansea City teammate Oli McBurnie, now of Sheffield United.

Sheffield United are leading the race to sign the Swansea City centre-back Joe Rodon, according to The Sun on Sunday (October 27, page 61).

The newspaper claims the Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder wants to strengthen his back-line in January – despite his side boasting the Premier League’s joint-second-best defensive record this season.

Swansea, meanwhile, are sliding down the Championship table after a positive start and are said to be vulnerable to big bids for their starlets – having already sold Oli McBurnie to the Blades for around £20 million in the summer transfer window.

And Rodon would not cost much less, according to The Sun on Sunday – although it adds that Sheffield United are ready to spend big.

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Rodon, who turned 22 earlier this month, has four caps for Wales and was previously linked with moves to Manchester City, Aston Villa and Celtic.

The Swansea-born player recently signed up until 2022 at the Liberty Stadium.

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