Sheffield United: Interest in target hots-up

Kyle McFadzean (left) has reportedly asked to leave MK Dons

Kyle McFadzean (left) has reportedly asked to leave MK Dons

Sheffield United could face competition from a host of Championship teams if they choose to consolidate their interest in Kyle McFadzean.

Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City are reportedly monitoring the centre-half who asked to leave MK Dons earlier this week.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder 
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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder �2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

But sources close to Karl Robinson’s side claim that South Yorkshire would be McFadzean’s preferred destination if his transfer request is granted, despite new manager Chris Wilder’s bid to streamline a wage bill he believes has spiralled out of control in recent seasons.

Like Wilder, who was unveiled as Nigel Adkins’ successor last month, the defender is a lifelong United supporter and progressed through Bramall Lane’s youth system before arriving at Stadium MK, via Alfreton and Crawley Town, in 2014.

McFadzean’s younger brother Callum, another Steelphalt Academy graduate, yesterday agreed a long-term contract with Scottish Premiership outfit Kilmarnock.

Wilder has embarked upon a major rebuilding exercise since taking charge of United and is known to have included the former England C international’s name on his list of potential targets. Mark Duffy and Chris Hussey, previously of Birmingham and Bury respectively, recently became his first new signings with a physical targetman also known to feature among United’s priorities.

Mark Duffy has swapped Birmingham City for Bramall Lane

Mark Duffy has swapped Birmingham City for Bramall Lane

McFadzean’s efforts to try and negotiate an exit from Dons could prompt Wilder to ask for permission to hold talks with the player and his representative.

But, after lavishing praise on Duffy and Hussey for “not putting pound notes first”, Wilder would expect the 29-year-old to accept any proposed salary offer before holding more detailed discussions.

Chris Hussey (right) has also joined Sheffield United

Chris Hussey (right) has also joined Sheffield United