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Wilder says two more key Sheffield United players are starting contract talks

Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, says two more key players are beginning new contract talks with the club.

It’s already known that four of the squad are in discussions about signing new deals. They are John Egan, John Fleck, John Lundstram and Enda Stevens.

Wilder had always said he wanted to get the January transfer window out of the way before finalising these talks and with the Blades now on a two-week winter break, he has the time.

“There’s off the pitch stuff we’d like to settle and cement, which is ongoing,” the 52-year-old told BBC Radio Sheffield.

“I’ve got a meeting away with the owners and Steve (Bettis, CEO). The next job is now for me to look at those contracts and the club and keep the group together, because it’s a decent little group we’ve got here and I don’t want it to get broken up.”

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While the quartet previously mentioned are likely to be the priority, Wilder has revealed the identity of the two others also being considered.

“There’s a couple more. You see the likes of (Chris) Basham, Ollie Norwood and they want to be part of what we’re trying to create,” the United boss continued.

“They all want to stop, I imagine. Why wouldn’t you when you’re getting back by that support and the camaraderie and togetherness of the changing room?

“There’s plenty of discussion happening and going on and as always, we have to keep moving forward as a football club.”

Basham signed his latest deal in November 2018, which extended his stay at Bramall Lane until the summer of 2021. Yet the 30-year-old continues to be integral to Wilder’s system, starting all 26 league games so far this season and helping the Blades to the second best defensive record in the division behind Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Norwood put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal when he joined United permanently in January 2019. The midfielder has also started every match this term and has been captain whenever Billy Sharp is absent.

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