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Sheffield United’s pursuit of Joe Rodon could get complicated

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There’s some good news and some bad news.

Although whether or not the good news consumes the bad news and becomes the dominant feature in this saga, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Swansea City defender Joe Rodon has been linked with a move to Sheffield United in recent days (The Sun on Sunday, 27/10, Page 61), but that move hit a potential setback during the recent South Wales Derby as he suffered a serious injury.

However, there has been an update on both fronts as Swans boss Steve Cooper pointed out this week.

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What’s he said?

Speaking ahead of his side’s game with Wigan Athletic, Cooper said that the injury will keep him out for around three months, which could cause problems with any potential medicals during the transfer window.

He later went on to say though that he didn’t have any concerns with other teams snooping around his players.

“We’ve got a lot of good young players, there’s no doubt about that, and if they do well at championship level then the Premier League is the obvious next step up. If a club or player does well then there’s always that ambition and that possibility that they move up to the next level which is the Premier League.

“If some of our players are attracting interest, I think it’s a good thing, because it means they’re playing well and it means we’ve got good players.”

Wouldn’t be the first time

Swansea City have had a history of selling off their young players for money rather than keeping them and developing them; the likes of Joe Allen, Daniel James and Ben Davies to name but a few.

Sheffield United know this all too well as they brought in Oli McBurnie from South Wales over the summer. So judging by Cooper’s comments, and Swansea City’s past, it looks as if they aren’t going to stand in the way of Rodon leaving the Liberty Stadium this winter if a reasonable bid were to come in.

Does McBurnie need to show more?

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Now the only problem will be whether or not the £2.25m-rated defender’s injury will be enough to put off the Blades from going in after him.

Do Sheffield United want to take a risk with someone who is going to be returning to full fitness around about the same time that the transfer window is set to close?

Add to that the time it would take him to get settled into the system at Bramall Lane and you’re potentially looking at March by the time you start to see the full benefit.

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