A new report has cast doubt over the theory that John Lundstram is the Sheffield United player who won’t sign a new deal.
Manager Chris Wilder revealed that one of his squad was unlikely to re-sign with the club because his agent was demanding too much money.
The Blades are currently in negotiations with several players about extending their contracts until the end of the season. This is necessary because of delay to the 2019/20 campaign due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Several players have deals that expire on June 30. That includes Leon Clarke, Kieron Freeman, Phil Jagielka and Jack Rodwell. Yet the season, which is due to resume on June 17, will now stretch far beyond that date.
However, talks are underway with that quartet about temporary extensions to their stay at Bramall Lane. At least until the term is concluded. Similar offers are being made to their loan players – Mo Besic, Dean Henderson, Panos Retsos and Richairo Zivkovic – as well.
Lundstram’s contract is also set to expire at the end of June. Yet there is an automatic 12-month extension written into it, which United plan to activate.
They are also in discussions with Lundstram about signing a new deal. This has been ongoing for several months and Wilder is said to have grown frustrated with proceedings.
Which is why the natural conclusion is the Blades boss was referring to Lundstram with his recent comments. Especially as the 26-year-old shares an agent with Mark Duffy. Duffy was moved out of the club in the summer of 2019 after asking for more money.
Perhaps Lundstram isn’t the player who won’t sign a new deal
New developments suggest that Lundstram perhaps isn’t the player Wilder is referring to after all. That is because it’s reported Mo Besic won’t be extending his loan and will instead return to parent club Everton.
There are no specifics given as to the reason this will happen in the report. Other than a reference to the fact that Besic has been a fringe player since arriving at United last summer.
That is true to a certain extend, with the Bosnia and Herzegovina international making 13 appearances in all competitions. However, he has been trusted to start both Premier League fixtures with Manchester City and has become increasingly more involved after a slow start.
Perhaps it is Besic’s agent seeking more money for his client – not Lundstram’s. This would be a surprise, as extensions are likely to simply keep the same terms, rather than negotiating new ones. But it can’t be ruled out either.