Blades enter Barnett chase

Championship rivals battle for defender

Barnett: In-demand

Skysports.com understands Sheffield United are hoping to beat Coventry to the signing of West Brom defender Leon Barnett.

Barnett is currently on loan at Coventry after falling out of favour at the Hawthorns.

West Brom are prepared to offload the 24-year-old and Coventry have expressed a desire to turn his loan deal into a permanent move.

However, Sheffield United are now planning to hijack the move with Blades boss Kevin Blackwell keen to bring in defensive cover.

Blackwell has targeted a move for Barnett as he seeks to fill the void left by Matt Kilgallon's departure to Sunderland.