United hope progress is being made with Jordan

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SHEFFIELD United were last night understood to be hopeful that Jordan Slew, their talented teenage striker, will commit his immediate future to Bramall Lane.

Although new manager Danny Wilson has refused to divulge the exact details of Tuesday’s discussions with Slew’s agent, sources close to the League One club believe it is now a distinct possibility that he will sign a contract which had been provisionally agreed towards the end of last season.

Fulham recently had a £500,000 bid rejected by United’s board of directors and have not been in contact since.

Academy director John Pemberton, who is reportedly among those Rochdale view as potential replacements for Barnsley-bound Keith Hill, has made no secret of his belief that Slew and other members of United’s FA Youth Cup final squad would be best served by remaining in South Yorkshire.

Wilson is likely to have echoed those sentiments.

“When they’ve got every Tom, Dick and Harry saying they can earn three, four, five times as much elsewhere, it’s hard,” Pemberton admitted recently.

“But they are far better having 30 games in the Sheffield United first team than in a Premier League reserve team and that’s what I’ve been trying to hammer home.

“I sit down with these kids and tell them ‘please don’t let an agent make a footballing decision for you’.

“Agents are part-and-parcel of what we do and I’m not anti-agents, but I just don’t want these kids to have an agent making football decisions for them because of financial reasons.

“If you play consistently well then the money will come.”