Amid talk of a permanent move to Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United defender Max Lowe is expected to ask for improved terms to remain at Bramall Lane.
Lowe spent the season with Forest last term and was a key player in their charge up the table before they eventually sealed promotion via the playoffs. The left-back missed some of the run-in, but returned at Wembley to help the Reds get the job done against Huddersfield.
Forest are known to be keen on bringing Lowe back on a permanent deal. However, so far, United are demanding around £5m for the former Derby man. It’s a figure which is putting Forest off, as thing stand. And according to the Sheffield Star, should United refuse to drop their price, then Lowe’s agents will be asking officials at Bramall Lane for an improved contract.
Despite having two years to run on his United contract, Sheffield United News understands Lowe’s reps will use the fact he won promotion and is wanted by a Premier League club as leverage to pressure the Blades hierarchy into a decision.
Forest could have a number of former Blades in their ranks come August. The Reds are keen on Morgan Gibbs-White, while Dean Henderson is close to joining the club as well.
Our View: Sheffield United Should Sell Max Lowe, A Deal Is There To Be Done
It’s admirable of United – and right, by the way – to demand a good fee for Lowe. Forest have the money now with their £200m promotion package and £5m is a drop in the ocean really. However, the Blades need to ensure this get done rather than drag it out.
Lowe has never done it with the club and made his feelings clear last season as to how much he’d enjoyed his time in Nottingham. Further, United have Stevens, Osborn, Norrington-Davies and young Harry Boyes all competing at left-back.
Unlike Jayden Bogle, who enjoyed an ‘outstanding‘ debut alongside Lowe when Chris Wilder was in charge, Lowe doesn’t just walk into the Sheffield United team. Therefore, with a deal so obvious, it’s one United’s board need to get done and quickly.