Sheffield United managed to keep hold of Sander Berge in the January window, despite a wealth of interest from the Premier League.
One of the clubs thought to have been keen on signing Sander Berge were Newcastle United. Currently pushing for the top four, Newcastle were in the market for a midfielder after letting Jonjo Shelvey go to Nottingham Forest.
However, in the end, United’s board held firm with Berge and other key man, Iliman Ndiaye, much to the delight of Paul Heckingbottom.
Interestingly, a further update has come to light from Yorkshire Live on Newcastle’s pursuit of Berge.
Newcastle interest in Sander Berge explained
According to YL, former Sheffield United assistant manager Jason Tindall is believed to have been behind Newcastle’s pursuit of the Norwegian midfielder. It’s claimed that Tindall vouched for Berge personally to his close friend and Magpies boss, Eddie Howe.
Of course, Tindall worked with Berge at United at the back end of the relegation season from the Premier League.
Paul Heckingbottom had Tindall alongside him as he steadied the ship in a disastrous campaign. Clearly, Tindall liked what he saw from Berge and that message has made its way up the chain at Newcastle.
Sheffield United News View: Easy to forget Tindall was at Bramall Lane
That season was such a whirlwind and a massive disappointment that most Blades fans put it out of their heads.
And with that, the name of Jason Tindall probably leaves the brain as well.
But it seems Tindall made note of the best talent at United during his time with the club. Clearly, he’s now flying with Howe and Newcastle and over the coming seasons, is likely to come across a wealth of top players given the PIF ownership in place at St James’.
In a way, though, this is a testament to how good Sander Berge can be. Sadly, United fans aren’t seeing that very best of Berge at the moment. And with promotion hopes teetering, the Blades could well do with Berge being back to his best.