Sheffield United have reportedly failed in their attempts to sign Genk midfielder, Sander Berge.
The 21-year-old is in high demand thanks to a series of eye-catching performances this season.
According to the Daily Mail, the Blades have tried to sign Berge with a bid in the region of £10m. The report indicates that Genk want a lot more than that for their star midfielder, who helped them to league title success last term.
West Ham are also credited with an interest in the youngster. However, as yet, the Hammers have also been rebuffed in their attempts to land the Norwegian.
Having moved to Genk in 2017, Berge has gone on to establish himself as a regular in the first XI. He’s made over 100 appearances for the Belgian outfit and has wracked up 20 caps for his country.
Blades manager, Chris Wilder, is keen on adding to his squad in the coming days. At the weekend he confirmed that he was hoping to land a few targets after the weekend.
Having signed two defensive minded players in Jack Robinson and Jack Rodwell, a move for a midfielder like Berge would make sense.
A class act
It’s not very often that United venture into the foreign markets for players. However, when it comes to Sander Berge, they are going after one of the top prospects in the Belgian league.
He’s been excellent since arriving in Genk. Having cemented himself for Norway, he’s kicked on and become an integral part of the Genk XI at such a young age.
History shows a number of players in the Belgian and Dutch leagues often make the jump to the Premier League. Indeed, we already have a number of Belgian players in the league, such as Jan Verthongen, Toby Alderweireld, and Christian Benteke.
Furthermore, United moved to sign Michael Verrips in the summer from Belgian outfit, KV Mechelen.
As things stand, though, it looks like Berge might be just out of reach for the Blades and their budget.