Sheff Utd stalwart emerges on Leeds radar, as Whites prepare bid before transfer deadline

John Egan of Sheffield United

Sheffield United centre-back John Egan is reportedly a target for Leeds and Jesse Marsch’s side could bid for him before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Egan signed for the Blades in July 2018 and has gone on to become a stalwart in their defence. He played in all 46 of Sheffield United’s Championship games last season, helping them to reach the play-off semi-final.

Egan remains one of Paul Heckingbottom’s most crucial players for the current campaign and usually captains the side when Billy Sharp is not on the pitch.

The Republic of Ireland international got an assist in the recent 1-1 draw with Luton Town, flicking into the path of Oli McBurnie before the striker volleyed home to end his goal drought.

But it is Egan’s defensive solidity and reliability that make him a fan favourite at Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United could come under pressure before the end of the summer transfer window though, as the Daily Express claim Leeds would like to sign Egan.

This is not the first time the 29-year-old has been linked with a Premier League team. West Ham were keeping tabs on his situation in March, but a move never came to fruition.

The Daily Express claim Leeds admire Egan and are considering making an offer before the transfer deadline on Thursday.

Leeds eye Sheff Utd raid for John Egan

The Sheff Utd hero would arrive at Elland Road to compete with the likes of Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch for a spot at centre-half.

It would be a shock transfer given the intense rivalry between Yorkshire sides Sheff Utd and Leeds.

Egan’s contract at Sheff Utd expires in 2024. The fact his deal is not long-term weakens Sheff Utd’s negotiating position and is giving Leeds confidence of striking an agreement.

Egan’s great form in the Championship, as well as his incredible reliability, mean it’s no surprise he is a target for top-flight clubs. However, there are several reasons why this transfer is unlikely to go through.

First of all, Heckingbottom’s side are desperate to gain promotion back to the Prem this term. They currently sit top of the Championship, with 14 points from seven matches.

The player knows he has a great chance at getting back into the top flight with Sheff Utd this season. As such, there is no real reason for him to leave and link up with the Whites.

Egan is integral to the way Heckingbottom wants to play and would be a huge loss if he left South Yorkshire.

The former Brentford man plays at the heart of a back three, alongside Anel Ahmedhodzic and Rhys Norrington-Davies currently.

Sheff Utd unlikely to accept any Leeds proposal

Taking Egan out of this backline would make Sheff Utd weaker and potentially harm their promotion hopes.

Plus, the Irishman has a strong relationship with Blades supporters. This means he is unlikely to leave them for a bitter rival such as Leeds.

Meanwhile, Leeds are reportedly holding talks with Wolves as they strive to reach an agreement over the transfer of Hwang Hee-chan.