Blades tread carefully with teen strike ace

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SHEFFIELD United will refuse to issue Jordan Slew with any ultimatums as the wait for him to sign a new contract prepares to enter a fourth week.

But Danny Wilson, the League One club’s manager, remains adamant the young striker would be committing a grave error if he chooses to engineer an exit from Bramall Lane.

Wilson, who is expected to begin overhauling United’s first team squad by unveiling Jean-Francois Lescinel later this month, revealed: “We’ve spoken again with Jordan and his agent. Now we’re hoping to hear back from them again soon.

“We’re not going to be asking them to give us an answer by any set time and we’re hopeful that we’ve made an impression on them with what we’ve said.

“Obviously if Jordan comes back and tells us that he wants to go then that puts things in a different light, but he knows we want him to stay here.”

Slew is known to have verbally agreed terms with United’s board of directors soon after establishing himself in the first team last term.

However, with Fulham recently failing with a £500,000 bid, the teenager has failed to put pen to paper despite hearing academy coach John Pemberton also warn it would be a mistake to quit South Yorkshire at such an early stage of his career.

United are entitled to a ‘development fee’ should he leave after becoming a free agent.

“I believe what we’ve told Jordan and his agent makes a lot of sense,” added Wilson. “I’ve made it clear that I think he’s better off playing games here with us than he is going somewhere else and having to wait for a chance.

“We’re hopeful that he’ll stay but nothing is ever 100 per cent so I’m not going to lie by saying this is.

“Obviously we want a positive resolution as soon as possible though. I think that goes without saying.”

Slew, who helped United reach the final of last season’s FA Youth Cup, has scored twice in eight senior appearances since making his debut.