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Sheffield United are monitoring the son of a former Blades player, but could be rivalled by Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion should they decide to pursue a deal, according to The Mirror.

Sheffield United, Newcastle and Brighton are all said to be ‘watching developments’, with Jack Cork’s Burnley future ‘in the balance’.

Cork – whose father Alan played for the Blades in the early 1990s, alongside the current Bramall Lane boss Chris Wilder, before returning to the club as assistant manager – is out of contract at Burnley next summer.

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And it is claimed that his situation ‘has yet to be addressed’, alerting several clubs to the versatile midfielder for whom Burnley paid £10 million in 2017.

But while a move to Sheffield United – who are resigned to losing another player in his position, John Lundstram – may hold obvious appeal, joining Newcastle or Brighton would allow Cork to reunite with his former midfield colleagues, Jeff Hendrick or Adam Lallana.

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Cork will be available for nothing at the end of this season if his future is not resolved by then, and it is possible that Burnley could be tempted into a cut-price January sale – avoiding a repeat of Hendrick’s Newcastle transfer.

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