Sheffield United could spend a combined £10 million on two new defenders with Ipswich Town’s Luke Woolfenden and Anderlecht’s Elias Cobbaut heading for Brammal Lane, according to the Sun (14 January, page 50).
Regardless of your feelings towards VAR, not to mention the baffling handball ruling, it is impossible to argue that Chris Wilder’s side did not deserve all three points during their controversial 1-0 win against West Ham on Friday.
The result leaves Sheffield United sixth in the Premier League table, a stunning return for a club enjoying their first top flight season in over a decade.
The Blades, then, are looking to merely enhance their squad during the January window, rather than make any substantial overhauls.
And The Sun reports that two promising centre-backs could be on their way to the Steel City to add depth and quality to an already impressive back line.
Ipswich academy graduate Woolfenden has been a revelation since forcing his way into the Tractor Boys’ first team and Sheffield United are looking to snap up the 21-year-old, who Paul Lambert has described as ‘brilliant’, for £3 million.
A technically gifted, homegrown centre-half, Woolfenden is something of a typical Chris Wilder signing.
Cobbaut would be a little more expensive with a £7 million price-tag on his head but he is a Belgium international, having made his Red Devils bow in November.
Classy and left-footed, it remains to be seen whether a player who has shone alongside Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht can adapt to Wilder’s infamous overlapping centre-back system.
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