Sheffield United are considering a shock move for ex-Manchester City and Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell, Football Insider understands.
Rodwell, 28, is a free agent after leaving Blackburn at the end of last season.
A United source has told Football Insider that manager Chris Wilder is looking to bolster his defensive ranks and has identified the versatile Goodison Park academy product as a potential target with the player available on a free transfer.
Wilder is in the market for a right-sided centre-back to provide cover in his defence and he sees Rodwell as someone who could play in that role.
Rodwell played at centre-half for Everton and England youth teams before moving into a predominantly midfield role.
The player has previously admitted that defence might be the best role for him to kickstart his career again.
Parma are also weighing up a move for Rodwell as he is currently training with the club, but now Sheffield United could be ready to offer him a surprise Premier League lifeline.
The former England international was close to joining Italian side Roma last month only for the Serie A club to opt against a deal at the last minute.
Rodwell has made 166 appearances in the Premier League, mainly for his boyhood club Everton.
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