Sheffield United: Birmingham City press ahead with Che Adams bid despite identifying alternative target

Gary Rowett thinks Birmingham City can win the battle for Che Adams' heart and mind after submitting another offer for the Sheffield United striker.

Thursday, 28th July 2016, 10:59 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:02 pm
Che Adams is wanted by Birmingham City 
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Che Adams is wanted by Birmingham City ©2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

Adams was the subject of a failed bid from St Andrews last week but sources in the Midlands last night confirmed Rowett’s employers have returned with an improved package potentially worth £1.7 million.

Although that is thought to contain an estimated £400,000 worth of add-on payments, Rowett believes United could be persuaded to do business if the youngster expresses a desire to move.

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Unless an agreement is reached, Adams could be named in the United squad which visits Handsworth Parramore this evening.

Chris Wilder, the United manager, recently admitted it can be difficult to fend off interest from Championship and Premier League clubs if they set their hearts on signing a player.

But, highlighting the Blades’ protracted negotiations with Bury before capturing centre-forward Leon Clarke, he warned United shouldn’t be viewed as a soft touch in the transfer market.

“In the negotiations and the signings we’ve done, all the way through we’ve taken our time and not rolled over,” Wilder said.

Chris Wilder says Sheffield United have toughened-up over transfers. Pic David Klein/Sportimage

“The prices we’ve paid have been reasonable. We’ve not given out stupid contracts either. I think we’ve done some good business.”

United’s decision to refuse City’s opening offer has prompted manager Rowett to explore other options in the transfer market.

Norwich City’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel is an alternative should his bid for Adams stall.

Talks about recruiting the Dutchman on a season-long loan are already thought to have taken place. But Rowett still views Adams as a realistic target.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett admits he wants to sign Che Adams. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Meanwhile, tickets for tonight’s match at Worksop are available on the gate, priced £6 and £3. The game, United’s final first-team friendly before next weekend’s League One opener against Bolton Wanderers, kicks off at 7.45pm.

Che Adams joined Sheffield United from Ilkeston. Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Chris Wilder says Sheffield United have toughened-up over transfers. Pic David Klein/Sportimage
Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett admits he wants to sign Che Adams. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe
Che Adams joined Sheffield United from Ilkeston. Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage