SHEFFIELD United believe a promise of regular first team football next season will help persuade Jordan Slew, their exciting teenage striker, to commit his future to Bramall Lane despite attracting interest from Fulham.
Danny Wilson, who succeeded Micky Adams as manager, is scheduled to meet with Slew’s representative this week after his board of directors rejected an offer, reported to be worth around £500,000, from Fulham.
Although Mark Hughes’ decision to quit Craven Cottage means signing Slew is no longer a priority, Fulham’s pursuit of Bournemouth’s Danny Ings demonstrates the possibility of a renewed attempt can not entirely be ruled-out.
But, armed with the support of academy director John Pemberton, Wilson will tell the England under-19 international that it is in his best interests to stay rather than agreeing a lucrative but potentially risky move to the top-flight.
Although United can not guarantee Slew a starting role, they have pledged to ensure home-grown talent flourishes in a new-look squad. With fellow centre-forwards Ched Evans and Darius Henderson likely to depart, it seems inconceivable the 18-year-old will not enjoy a prominent role in Wilson’s plans next term.
Pemberton, speaking before Slew helped United impress in the FA Youth Cup final against their namesakes from Manchester, made an impassioned plea for his charges to put football before finance. Having made seven senior appearances, Slew has been offered a new deal as United prepare for life in League One.
n Stephen Quinn admits any chance to play at a higher level would be difficult to refuse. “If a club from the Championship or the Premier League came in for me I’d want to go because I want to play at the highest level that I can” he told Sky Sports.