Blades: Over and out?

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JAMES Beattie could have played his last game for Sheffield United after discussions aimed at securing his Bramall Lane future ended without an agreement being reached.

The former England international is facing a three match ban after being sent-off towards the end of Saturday’s visit to Charlton Athletic.

And with his stay in South Yorkshire scheduled to end later this month, United manager Danny Wilson confirmed the League One club have yet to learn whether Beattie plans to stay until the end of the season.

Revealing that “ours is not the only offer James has received,” Wilson said: “We’re still in talks with James.

“He’s got other options. Not necessarily in this country and if he wants to tell you about them then he will. But we’ll sit down with him again.”

Although the exact details of the short-term deal Beattie signed remain shrouded in mystery - United’s official website reported it expired in “mid-January” when the striker initially put pen to paper on November 24 - Wilson believes his presence at The Valley suggests a positive outcome is still possible.

“I get the impression he likes being here with us,” he said. “We’ll speak again.”

United slipped one place to third in the table - seven points behind their opponents - after Johnnie Jackson’s first-half free-kick proved enough to settle a controversial contest.

Wilson described Beattie’s dismissal for violent conduct, seconds after fellow substitute Darel Russell had also seen red for Charlton, as “pathetic” and hinted United could launch an appeal.

“I’ll speak to the legal people at the FA and see if we can do something,” he said. “We’ll see if it’s worth asking for it to be over-turned first because the last thing we want is to see James get an extra game (added to his suspension).

“He was helping his mates out. That’s what he was doing.”

Despite his frustration Wilson said: “I’m taking nothing away from Charlton because they’re a cracking side and the set-piece was excellent. I want to make that abundantly clear and full credit to them.

“But overall our performance was great too. I wonder how we’re going home with nothing but if we continue to play like that then we’ll be okay.”