Sheffield United expect Birmingham City to make another approach for Che Adams, The Star understands.
Officials at Bramall Lane rejected a bid, believed to be worth £1.2m, from the Championship club earlier this month.
But, according to sources in the Midlands, that does not mark the end of City’s interest in Adams with Gary Rowett, Chris Wilder’s counterpart at St Andrews, publicly confirming the 20-year-old is a target.
“It’s been quite open he is one we like,” Rowett said. “
I don’t really like to talk about other team’s players too much but he is one we like, one we have watched quite a lot of.
“He would be a young hungry one with a bit of a point to prove but he is Sheffield United’s player so there is not too much point me speculating about it.”
Although they could try and tempt United to do business by proposing a cash-plus-player package, City’s coaching staff have not ruled-out the possibility of submitting an improved offer for Adams who started last night’s friendly against Derby County on the bench.
New signing Leon Clarke also featured among Wilder’s substitutes although his arrival is not linked to the uncertainty surrounding Adams’ future in South Yorkshire.
Wigan Athletic have also been monitoring the England youth international but Newcastle, who tried to sign Adams before he left Ilkeston in 2014, yesterday appeared to distance themselves from reports they could enter the race.
“I am sure there is quite a lot of other teams out there that would like Che Adams,” Rowett, speaking earlier this week, acknowledged.”But there are a lot of players out there that we like, it’s just waiting until we get some positive news.
“The club are trying hard and I am pretty sure come the first game of the season - rather than next week, that we will have one or two bodies in.”