Sheffield United are fending off enquiries for star striker, Iliman Ndiaye, with Premier League clubs said to be keen on the forward.
Ndiaye was always going to attract attention this month. His superb performances alongside his nine goals and countless assists have made him the Championship’s standout player.
United always knew that keeping him in January was going to be a priority. And it seems that the process of fending off interest is already under way. According to The Express’s Ryan Taylor, United have had contact with Premier League sides over the sale of Ndiaye.
However, in what is good news for the Blades fans, the club has made a clear stance. Taylor writes on Twitter how United have simply told clubs Ndiaye is not for sale. The Blades consider him integral to the promotion push and see Premier League riches as more attractive than an immediate sale.
Ndiaye is into the final 18 months of his contract and Sheffield United News understands there’s been no indication as yet from his agents that they want to discuss fresh terms.
However, promotion could change that mindset. The Blades could offer more money and improved terms over a longer period. And with potential new owners, Ndiaye might be best placed staying put for now.
Sheff U News View: Ndiaye stance needs to be firm from United
It’s good to see this. Well, not that we are having to fend off enquiries. But the fact United’s board seem to have made an early stance.
Keeping Ndiaye is simply the number one task in January. If he leaves, then promotion hangs in the balance while if he stays, it’s looking more and more certain.
Interest in Ndiaye was always going to come. If United can stick to their guns here, then the rest of the season should be a much easier ride.