Sunderland captain George Honeyman is a target for Championship promotion hopefuls Sheffield United, according to The Sun.
Sheffield United are chasing promotion to the Premier League and might use the January window to bolster their options.
The Blades currently sit second in the Championship and are hoping to maintain their promotion bid.
Honeyman has therefore emerged as a target in January. Chris Wilder wants to sign the midfield man to strengthen his hand ahead of the run-in.
Sheffield United have had good success in bringing players from League One up to the Championship.
And Honeyman could turn out to be a good signing for them.
But should Sunderland sell him? He is their captain, he plays most weeks and he is a talented player at League One level.
The problem is that he struggles for consistency at times and frankly, Sunderland have other options.
The 24-year-old is useful but not irreplaceable. Sunderland have other players who could fill his void and plenty of options to replace him as captain.
If Sheffield United come in with a reasonable enough bid, then the Black Cats shouldn’t stand in Honeyman’s way.
This move could work out for all parties. Sheffield United get their man, Honeyman gets to step up a division and Sunderland get cash to spend.