The Blades look set to miss out on Manchester United midfielder, Jesse Lingard, with wages looking like being the issue.
Chris Wilder had apparently been keen to see Lingard arrive this month to bolster his options in midfielder. However, a report from Sky Sports claims that officials at Old Trafford are unwilling to subsidise Lingard’s wages.
The Man United man’s wages are said to be in the region of £100k-a-week. That figure, clearly, is way out of reach for the Blades, even if a move was only a temporary loan.
A number of clubs are said to be keen on signing Lingard. Reports yesterday claimed West Ham were leading the chasing pack. The Hammers, in reality, being the only club likely to come close to meeting Lingard’s salary.
The Blades travel to Old Trafford tomorrow. United lost out narrowly to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men at Bramall Lane, despite a David McGoldrick double.
Solskjaer has confirmed today he will have Marcus Rashford available for selection. The Blades, meanwhile, could be without nine first-team players.
Jesse Lingard to Sheffield United – A tough one to do, and fresh reports suggest no incomings at all
We’ve said before on here we always thought Lingard was going to be a tough deal to get over the line. Even with the board’s backing, it seemed unlikely we would get him.
That, coupled with reports from Football Insider today that claim United now won’t sign anyone thanks to a board U-turn, means it now looks an impossible.
Chris Wilder won’t be too happy if that is the case. It’s clearly an acceptance from the board that we are probably down. Furthermore, it’s also an indication that the cupboard could be bare in terms of funds.
It could, then, be a long second half of the campaign for the Blades as we try and pull off a miracle to avoid relegation.