Sheffield United: Blades move could interest Millwall’s Byron Webster

Byron Webster (right) helped Millwall reach the play-off final last season
Byron Webster (right) helped Millwall reach the play-off final last season
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Byron Webster is keen on exploring a move to Sheffield United, The Star understands.

Webster, the Millwall centre-half, is the subject of interest from Bramall Lane as manager Chris Wilder continues his overhaul of its first team squad.

Although the 29-year-old signed a new contract at The Den earlier this month, sources in the capital believe the prospect of returning north could prove difficult for him to resist. Webster, who turned professional with York City, has spent long periods of his career in the south of England despite being born in Sherburn-in-Elmet.

Wilder has a long-standing policy of refusing to comment on individual targets but has made no secret of his desire to make further new signings before the transfer window closes later this month.

Speaking after last weekend’s defeat by Millwall, which saw Webster impress for the hosts, he said: “We are certainly looking to improve the squad. It was a tough week to get one in because we were looking at three or four.

“We know there are areas that need strengthening. We might have a couple in for the weekend. But whoever comes in, they have to be able to see a game out.”

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder wants to sign Webster �2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder wants to sign Webster �2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

Wilder, whose team conceded a last minute penalty during that match, added: “To play for this club, you’ve got to be a good all-round player. Ability-wise and also in terms of your mentality.”

United, who unveiled goalkeeper Simon Moore before departing for London, expect Millwall to reject their opening offer for a player who also counts FC Banik Most, Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil Town among his list of former clubs.

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Notoriously tough negotiators, they placed a £2m price-tag on striker Lee Gregory’s shoulders when Rotherham made an approach for the striker earlier this year. Wigan Athletic’s Ryan Colclough has also been linked with a switch to Yorkshire as Wilder steps-up his search for a goalscoring midfielder.

Millwall's Byron Webster playing against Sheffield United last season 
�2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

Millwall's Byron Webster playing against Sheffield United last season �2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

United concede Moore’s arrival could persuade George Long his future lies elsewhere after being dropped from the team which visited Millwall four days ago. Wilder met the youngster at the Steelphalt Academy training complex on Monday morning where the situation is known to have been discussed. Long, aged 22, progressed through United’s youth system but is unlikely to relish the thought of spending time on the bench after making 38 appearances last term. If he does depart, Aaron Ramsdale will be handed the job of deputising for Moore.

“We are always looking to improve,” Wilder said. “And improve what we’ve got too.”