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Sheffield United have leapfrogged Fulham in the race to sign Huddersfield Town defender Terence Kongolo, Football Insider understands.

The Holland international, 26, was omitted from the Terriers matchday squad for their Championship clash against Rotherham today.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Chris Wilder’s side are now the marginal favourites to secure the signature of Kongolo by Monday night’s cut-off.

Huddersfield claimed Kongolo’s absence is due to a foot injury but manager Carlos Corberan revealed at his pre-match media conference yesterday (Friday) that he was not going to be involved anyway due to doubts over his future at the John Smith’s Stadium.

United have set their sights on a new centre-back after losing Jack O’Connell to an injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season.

Fulham’s need is possibly even greater as they make increasingly desperate attempts to secure multiple centre-back targets in the final days of the window.

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Kongolo is keen to return to the Premier League after making 45 appearances in the competition.

This site broke the news in the middle of last month that Fulham had opened talks over signing the giant centre-back, who cost the Yorkshire club £18million when they signed him in 2018.

Kongolo spent the second half of last season at the west London club but only played two matches due to a foot injury.

He missed the rest of the campaign after breaking down in February just nine minutes into his Championship debut for Fulham.

Nevertheless, Fulham have seen enough of the four-times Holland international to work on a permanent deal.

In other news, Sheffield United are rivalling Celtic in the race to sign £10million-valued Englishman.