Off the field, speculation continues about Chris Wilder’s attempts to strengthen his squad this month.

Links to Manchester United defender Brandon Williams are refusing to leave and Football Insider now reports that the league leaders are ready to give the young full-back the go-ahead.

The article also suggests that the blades have already made an approach for the player.

Williams has significantly shortened the pecking order at Old Trafford, and both Luke Shaw and Alex Telles lie before him in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

The 20-year-old has been limited to just six minutes of Premier League action this season, a significant drop from the 17 appearances he made last season.

With Enda Stevens battling for fitness in a few spots this season, Wilder has turned to Ben Osborn many times to take the left flank, but Williams is a more natural defensive option than the 26-year-old.

The youngster won more defensive duels per 90 minutes last season than the Blades man this season and made more interceptions and more clearances, according to Wyscout.

He could be a smart addition to a Sheffield United side looking for added solidity.

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AC Milan have increased their interest in loaning the Chelsea defender. Newcastle United loved the player but he is eager to move to Italy. (Daily Mail) (Photo by Clive Mason / Getty Images)

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Former England striker Kevin Phillips has claimed Leeds United would definitely be interested in signing Bournemouth forward Josh King this month. The expert said: “Leeds would be 100% interested. When it is made available, many teams will look at it. Josh King would be a great addition to Leeds. “(Football Insider) (Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers announced that his team has received requests for Newcastle United’s Hamza Choudury loan target. He said: “There have been requests for Hamza, but as I said, we are in no great rush right now until we see where the squad will be.” West Brom and Southampton should also be delighted. (Sky Sports) (Photo by Michael Regan / Getty Images)

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Newcastle United would rather lose Dwight Gayle in vain when his contract expires in the summer than sell him in the rest of the transfer window. (The Athletic) (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

Photo: Laurence Griffiths