Sheffield United under ‘no pressure’ to sell Che Adams - but he can leave if he asks

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield Utd reacts during the Sky Bet League One match at the Macron  Stadium, Bolton. Picture date: August 6th, 2016. Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage 
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Chris Wilder says Sheffield United are under “no pressure” to sell Che Adams but has indicated they will sanction his departure if the player asks to leave Bramall Lane.

Chris Wilder says Sheffield United are under “no pressure” to sell Che Adams but has indicated they will sanction his departure if the player asks to leave Bramall Lane.

Birmingham City are expected to submit a third offer for Adams later this week after seeing bids worth £1.2m and £1.7m turned down by the League One club’s board of directors.

Although Wilder named the England youth international in the squad beaten 1-0 by Bolton Wanderers on Saturday - “I wouldn’t have put him on if his attitude wasn’t fine” - he hinted United’s hand could be forced should Adams confirm his interest in exploring a move.

“Nothing has happened,” Wilder said. “Nothing that I’ve been told. There’s no pressure for me to sell, for us to sell. But when Premier League and Championship clubs call and players maybe think about it or are interested in it, you’re in that situation. But we’ll stay strong, as we have always done, and make sure everything is right for this football club.”

Adams, signed from Ilkeston by Wilder’s predecessor Nigel Clough, appeared as a second-half substitute as United slipped to an opening day defeat at the Macron Stadium. Although the proposals City tabled are thought to have contained downpayments of £1m and £1.3m respectively, independent observers value Adams nearer the £2m mark. But Gary Rowett, Wilder’s counterpart at St Andrews, is convinced the 20-year-old wants to join City despite interest from Wigan Athletic and an unnamed top-flight team.

Wilder, whose side returns to action against Crewe Alexandra in the EFL Cup tomorrow, is continuing his own search for new signings ahead of the transfer deadline later this month. But he conceded the issue is complicated by the presence of several unwanted players on United’s books.

“Absolutely, they are the difficult ones to move out,” he said. “The ones who don’t contribute. The likes of Scouggs (Stefan Scougall) contributes and others who might have gone but we’ve brought back into the fold. But there are others that don’t and, unfortunately, take a decent wage too which hurts me and hurts the football club. They are other managers’ players and so I don’t want to talk too much about that.” But it does show why the recruitment has to be exactly right.”