Sheffield United: Boss Adkins will get Murphy transfer cash

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Sheffield United will reinvest the money they received from the sale of Jamie Murphy into Nigel Adkins' first team squad.

Murphy, the former Scotland under-21 international, completed a £1.7m transfer to Brighton and Hove Albion last week after requesting permission to hold talks with the Championship club.

The Star understands that Adkins, whose side beat Chesterfield two days ago, has been assured by Bramall Lane's hierarchy that those funds will be placed at his disposal ahead of the deadline for new signings later this month.

Speaking after Che Adams scored twice against Dean Saunders' side, Adkins said: "I didn’t want him (Murphy) to go, but he has gone and we move on, we look forward.

"Che has scored two goals today, that is football. I made it perfectly clear that I didn’t want him to go, but he has."

"Jamie was well aware that I didn’t want him to go," Adkins added. "That’s all I can say on the matter."

Albion made an immediate downpayment of £1.5m when United "reluctantly" sanctioned Murphy's departure on Friday evening. Two further installments, each worth £100,000, will be triggered over the course of the player's four year contract.

United are thought to have rejected at least four other offers, including one from The Amex Stadium, before accepting the inevitable when Murphy informed Adkins he was minded to depart before Tuesday's Capital One Cup tie at Morecambe. Wigan Athletic, Leeds and Bristol City were also monitoring the winger before Albion secured his release.

"We have responded in a great manner from last week, two excellent goals from Che Adams and a good clean sheet," Adkins, whose team began the season with a defeat at Gillingham, said. "They were good opponents, we knew they would me massive threat at set-plays, and I am delighted how we dealt with that.

"We know we could have played better, we will play better, but 23,000 Blades inside Bramall Lane have seen two goals and a clean sheet. We have just got to keep building on that."

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