Warnock fears for Jagielka

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Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock has admitted that talented defender Phil Jagielka could leave Bramall Lane.

The England Under-21 international has long been slated with a move to The Premiership, and the Blades boss concedes that if the club are not matching the player's ambitions then he could be allowed to leave in January.

The versatile youngster has been a virtual ever-present at United this season, and, with the club currently three points off the play-off places, it is unlikely that he will see top-flight football under Warnock next year.

"If we don't get promoted this season and are not challenging at Christmas we'll have to think about selling him," said Warnock.

Jagielka has caught the eye of Aston Villa boss David O'Leary, with the Irishman reportedly lining up a £3 million offer in a bid to replace departing German star Thomas Hitzlsperger.

Villa Chairman Doug Ellis has given his manager a huge budget to spend in the summer, and O'Leary could also be eyeing up another £3 million capture from The Championship in the form of Derby keeper Lee Camp.