Sheffield United: Blades reject new bid

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Sheffield United will continue to hold contract talks with Harry Maguire after receiving a second offer from Wolverhampton Wanderers for the young centre-half, writes James Shield.

Officials at the League One club, who are expected to unveil Andy Butler as their third summer signing later this month, last night rejected an undisclosed bid from their counterparts at Molineux understood to be in the region of £1.2m.

Sources in the Midlands have told The Star that also contained a number of performance related clauses which could have seen Wolves pay a further £300,000 should Maguire prove a success.

But United, who hope the former England under-21 international will accept their invitation to extend his deal, once again refused to negotiate having previously rebutted an approach worth an estimated £1m.

Manager Nigel Clough has made no attempt to disguise the fact that he believes Maguire, Bramall Lane’s reigning player-of-the-year, would be best served by staying with United for at least another season.

Maguire’s representative received a proposal to extend his client’s contract soon after the conclusion of the 2013/14 campaign but, as yet, that remains unsigned.

Butler, aged 30, made 176 appearances for Walsall after joining them from Huddersfield Town in 2010. However, he recently announced he is leaving the Bescot Stadium following four seasons with Dean Smith’s side.

Butler, who has also represented Scunthorpe, still lives in South Yorkshire.

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