Sheffield United are interested in free agent Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer, according to a report by the Sun.
They report that Chris Wilder is ready to battle with Fer’s former club Feyenoord for his signature, after he left Swansea this summer.
The Dutch club are apparently in the driving seat, but after landing free transfers for Phil Jagielka and Ravel Morrison in the current window, Wilder is keen for more.
Fer has 123 Premier League appearances (Transfermarkt) across spells with Norwich, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea and at 29, should still have plenty to give.
Fer has had his injury problems in the past and the report says he would require a thorough medical to ensure that the Blades were not buying a dud.
Wilder apparently wants to fly Wilder over today in order to have talks about keeping him in English football and shunning the chance to go back to Holland to play for the first time since 2013.
Sheffield United cannot afford to spend their way to Premier League survival, and poaching freebies with experience may be the way to go.
That said, Fer hasn’t been spectacular in the second tier and represents something of a risk – but one which may pay off as Wilder looks to add top flight experience to a squad which is very short on it.