Derby approach for Sheffield United’s out-of-favour Ward

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SHEFFIELD United’s Jamie Ward was the subject of an official approach by Derby County on transfer deadline day.

The former Chesterfield and Aston Villa attacker’s future at Bramall Lane came under the microscope earlier this week when it was reported he had fallen foul of Micky Adams.

The United manager last night refused to elaborate on the situation - “I don’t like to mention specific players” - but did appear to suggest that Ward could still be considered for selection when Millwall visit tomorrow.

“What I will say is that I felt very privileged to be a professional footballer and I always gave it everything,” said Adams.

“If I feel any player here isn’t doing that then they will be told and we’re going to have a problem, we are going to have a fall-out.

“I make absolutely no apology for being like that.”

Adams, who also confirmed defender Nyron Nosworthy has received the green light to appear against Kenny Jackett’s side after recovering from an ankle injury, added: “We had a approach from a club, who I won’t name, for Jamie recently.

“We’ve got a small squad and we need every single player to be pulling in the same direction though.”

Ched Evans returned to training for the first time yesterday following a bout of gastroenteritis but medical staff will assess his condition this morning before deciding whether the Wales international can feature against seventh-placed Millwall.

United, who are 22nd in the Championship table, are four points adrift of safety after losing at Ipswich last week. Rob Kozluk and Lee Williamson are suspended after being sent off at Portman Road.

“Nyron is back,” Adams said. “He’s been involved with us.

“Ched we’re not sure of yet because he’s only been involved properly for one session after coming down with a virus. We’re going to have to wait and see with him.”

United have not won a game since beating Swansea in December and directors were forced to deny rumours Adams’ position is under threat following events in Suffolk.

“I was aware of the story and aware of the statement,” he said. “I’m disappointed in the story and that we’ve had to defend ourselves.”