Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has warned Championship sides that his club not will be taken advantage of in the transfer market this summer.
Striker Che Adams has been the subject of interest from Birmingham City, who have had two offers for the youngster rejected, and Wigan Athletic are reportedly eyeing a move for right-back John Brayford.
But Wilder, who released ten players and transfer-listed a further seven after taking over from Nigel Adkins earlier this year, said: “One of the things that I wanted to do when I came in was pull the power back to us as a club, in terms of contracts and players.
“That means taking an aggressive and stronger stance; not let our players go for nothing, and not overpay for players because we’re Sheffield United. One of the things we talked about is value for money. We’ll be competitive, of course, but value for money is important.”
Wilder has held talks with former Ilkeston youngster Adams, ahead of his side’s League One curtain-raiser at Bolton Wanderers this weekend.
City manager Gary Rowett has now seen offers - potentially worth £1.2m and £1.7m - turned down by Bramall Lane’s board of directors for 20-year-old Adams.
Adams was selected for United’s final pre-season game at Handsworth Parramore last Friday, and scored one of the goals in a 5-1 win.