Sheffield United fans and Paul Heckingbottom got what they wanted on deadline day as both Sander Berge and Iliman Ndiaye remained at the club.
Despite multiple reports claiming Berge was effectively a done deal to Fulham at one point, United’s owner Prince Abdullah apparently pulled the plug during the day. From there, it’s suggested he shut up shop and refused to entertain any more offers.
Interestingly, though, there was another club interested in Berge. And that club was West Ham United.
According to Norwegian outlet TV2, West Ham considered making a late play for Berge. It came after Fulham had prepared a 4.5-year contract for Berge, albeit personal terms were never agreed.
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In the end, the Hammers decided not to move on Berge. David Moyes seemingly content with the midfield options currently at his disposal.
Sheffield United News View: Blades must win promotion now after show of loyalty
There is just one thing on United’s minds now and that is promotion. If that is achieved, then there is every chance the likes of Berge and Ndiaye even sign new contracts.
Those two are the two Paul Heckingbottom can build his team around in the summer. Along with the likes of Egan, Ahmedhodzic and Oliver Norwood, the duo will form the spine of the Blades XI.
Anything but winning promotion now would be a disaster. You have to say fair play to both Ndiaye and Berge, who made no big fuss about leaving. Similarly, you have to tip your hat to the owners, who could have easily sold.
Now, it’s time to put it all behind us as a club. If Berge and Ndiaye stay fit, then that promotion place should be more or less sealed.