Sheffield United have rejected a bid for Che Adams, manager Chris Wilder has confirmed.
Adams missed the friendly against FC Halifax Town after Bramall Lane’s hierarchy were approached by a Championship team keen to acquire his services.
Although that offer was turned down after falling well short of United’s valuation - independent figures within the game believes Adams is worth around £2m - Wilder acknowledged: “I spoke to Che earlier in the afternoon. Something came in, we turned it down because we think it falls short of what he’s worth, but we kept him in the loop which I think is the right thing to do.
“Che travelled with us but I didn’t think it was right to play him in the game.”
As The Star reported last month, at least one Premier League club has already declared an interest in Adams while Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic are also monitoring his position within Wilder’s squad. Sources close to Town yesterday claimed that head coach David Wagner has now concluded his business ahead of the new season. But Athletic suggested they would be ready to match any offer for Adams when outlining their position to United several weeks ago.
Wilder refused to be drawn on the identity of Adams’ suitors.
He said: “We’ve had an offer, we’ve rejected it and we’ll get through the night. We’ll see what happens and how it goes.
“Che is a young man and, to be honest, I think he’ll be quite happy that he missed the game.”
Wilder was referring to United’s 2-0 defeat at The Shay which shattered their unbeaten record in pre-season competition. Although the 48-year-old and his coaching staff addressed their players on the pitch afterwards, he said: “It wasn’t a dressing down, it wasn’t a public humilitation or anything like that. It was just a discussion because the changing rooms are really small. We win together and we lose together. I’ve told them that.”