Sheffield United are ready to let Luke Freeman go before the transfer deadline after interest this month from Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, Football Insider understands.

Leeds and Forest both registered their interest in the playmaker, 27, earlier in the window but were told he was not available.

A United source has told Football Insider that manager Chris Wilder has had a change of heart and will allow Freeman to go out on loan if he succeeds in recruiting a new midfielder.

The Premier League club are working on multiple deals and had been hopeful of signing Genk’s Sander Berge for around £18-20million although that transfer has currently stalled.

Leeds are no longer pursuing Freeman after completing their January business with the landmark capture of striker Jean-Kevin Augustin on Monday.

But Forest are still keen on the attacking midfielder and hopeful of bringing him in by Friday’s cut-off.

Freeman has emerged on their radar as he has struggled for game time at Bramall Lane since signing from QPR last summer in a £5million deal.

He has made just three Premier League starts among 13 appearances for Wilder’s side in all competitions, but has yet to score and his only assist came against non-league Fylde in the FA Cup.

Tellingly, he has not even made the matchday squad for United’s last four league fixtures.

Freeman was far more effective at QPR last season, when he was one of the outstanding attacking players in the Championship.

In 48 appearances for Rangers in 2018-19, Freeman scored nine goals and supplied eight assists.

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