Sheffield United face a fight to keep hold of midfielder Sander Berge in January, with reports today claiming the Norwegian is wanted by Newcastle United.
Sky Sports have included Berge on a detailed report looking at who Newcastle might sign in January. In the report, it’s claimed Berge features on a list of players Newcastle could look to bring in from the Championship in the winter window.
The Magpies finally won their first game of a season a few weeks back. However, they’ve since been hammered by Man City and Liverpool, and in serious danger of being relegated. And according to Sky Sports, Newcastle are looking at the best of the Championship, with Berge among their targets.
United signed Sander Berge back in January 2020. He cost around the £22m mark, and at the time was a club-record signing for the Blades.
Why Newcastle Want Sander Berge From Sheffield United
The obvious reason is that the Magpies fear relegation. With that, they’ll be struggling to attract some of the Premier League players on their list. Naturally, a lot of them won’t want to be playing in the second tier next term.
That thought process, as Sky mentions, has brought them to Championship players. And while Berge hasn’t quite got going yet, he’s still regarded as a top player at this level.
Money isn’t an issue for the Magpies. Their recent takeover from PIF has left them as the richest club in the world and they’ll be able to offer players like Berge huge sums of money. Regardless of Championship or Premier League status, that will be hard to turn down for any Championship player.
Will The Blades Be Tempted Into Sander Berge Sale?
In a nutshell, if the bid is right, then yes. We all know that the club was told to make up a £40m shortfall following relegation. And with United only selling Aaron Ramsdale, there’s a void to fill.
We’d already written about Berge today and his past Arsenal interest. That ship, as we mentioned, seems to have sailed. However, Newcastle are an interesting project. They’ll be spending big. They’ll be handing out huge contracts, and ultimately can tempt Championship players if they want.
Ultimately, if Newcastle come to Sheffield United and offer around the £20m mark, it’s hard to see the Blades board saying no. And in fairness, with how things are going, you couldn’t really blame anyone.