When reports a few weeks back surfaced to suggest Newcastle United wanted Sheffield United star, Sander Berge, it was hardly the most surprising news to Blades fans.
Sky Sports claimed that Berge was one of a number of midfielders on Newcastle’s January wishlist. Berge was named among a host of other talented players in the Championship the Magpies had eyes on. However, a few weeks further down the line, and it would appear the Toon might have swiftly moved on.
That’s because according to The Telegraph, Newcastle appear to have raised the stakes in their search for a midfielder.
Instead of now looking to the Championship, it’s claimed the Magpies – backed by new owners PIF – will look for higher profile names to help them. The Telegraph writes how Premier League stars like Mo Elneny, Donny van de Beek, and Harry Winks are on their radar. Beyond that, a bold move for former midfielder and current PSG ace, Gini Wijnaldum has also been discussed at St James’ Park.
Crucially, from a Sheffield United standpoint, there is no mention whatsoever of Sander Berge.
Sander Berge To Stay At Sheffield United In January?
If Newcastle are going to look elsewhere, then you’d have to say the realistic answer here is yes, Berge will remain in South Yorkshire.
He does, as we know, remain one of our most saleable assets. But interest from the summer – when teams in Italy and the likes of Arsenal and Spurs were keen – has waned. It’s not through any fault of Berge, we might add. He’s simply not been fit, and his luck with injuries has been rotten.
Should he stay at United, then this is surely only a positive? We all had hugely high hopes for Berge at the beginning of the season. And rightly so. Since signing for £22m in January 2020, he’s shown glimpses of undoubted quality. At Championship level, Sander Berge could be a genuine difference make.
With Newcastle now seemingly casting their eyes over bigger fish, it seems that the Blades could well get five months to see what Berge can truly bring to the table. And here on Sheffield United News, we think that’s quite an exciting prospect for Blades fans.