Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani

Nottingham Forest have joined Leeds United in turning their attention to signing Luke Freeman from Sheffield United this month, Football Insider can reveal.

The playmaker has been a fringe figure at Bramall Lane since signing from QPR last summer for a fee of £5million.

A Forest source has told Football Insider the club are are closely monitoring developments with Freeman as they eye a deal this month.

Sheffield United battened down the hatches last week after interest from Leeds became public.

The Premier League club are reluctant to let Freeman, 27, leave even though he has made just three league starts this season.

The attacking midfielder has failed to even make the matchday squad for the last two league fixtures against West Ham and Liverpool.

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He has emerged on the radar of the two Championship promotion hopefuls after not getting as much game time as he would have hoped for Chris Wilder’s high-achieving side.

In total, he has made 12 appearances in all competitions and his only assist – he has yet to score for United – came against non-league Fylde in the FA Cup.

This is a far cry from his status and performances at QPR last season, when he was widely regarded as 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.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that attacking star will undergo Elland Road medical and join the club after agreeing personal terms.