Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, says a contract offer remains on the table for John Lundstram.
Talks between the club and Lundstram have been ongoing for the best part of a year now. Yet still no agreement has been reached.
The Blades have already activated a 12-month extension in Lundstram’s deal, which will keep the midfielder at Bramall Lane until 2021.
After that, it is up to the player himself what he wants to do.
United are keen not to lose Lundstram as a free transfer. Therefore, if the 26-year-old does not want to stay and sign a new contract, they are open to selling him this summer.
Several Premier League sides are thought to be interested, including Brighton and Hove Albion, Burnley and West Ham United. Meanwhile, in Scotland, Rangers are also thought to be keen.
What Chris Wilder says about John Lundstram contract
Wilder appears to already be preparing for life without Lundstram, as he continues to pursue Reading’s John Swift.
Options in central midfield are being limited, with Luke Freeman expected to join Nottingham Forest on loan.
It seems Wilder would rather not lose Lundstram as well, but appreciates that is beginning to look like a very distinct possibility.
“If it’s his decision to run his contract down then it’s his decision, no ill-feeling,” the 52-year-old told Yorkshire Live.
“John’s a good character and there is no downside to him not giving anything less than 100 per cent.
“He won’t get in our team if he doesn’t give 100 per cent, I won’t pick him. Supporters need to be comforted that, as always, I will do the right thing for the football club
“I understand that he might want that deal and that his agent wants that deal, which is fair enough, that’s the negotiation between the club and the player and agent.
“I would be delighted if John stays because he’s been great. The contract is on the table right the way through, it’s his prerogative.”