It’s Blades not bucks for Beats

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JAMES Beattie turned down a series of money-spinning offers to stay with Sheffield United, manager Danny Wilson revealed last night.

Beattie, the former England striker, yesterday extended his contract at Bramall Lane until the end of the season after the short-term deal he initially agreed in November expired.

Despite Beattie being hit with a three-match ban following his red card at Charlton last weekend, Wilson confirmed United were not the only team wanting him.

“James could have earned a lot of money by going elsewhere,” Wilson said. “But money isn’t the issue for him.

“There were clubs abroad in for him. James knows the financial situation here but he’s staying because he wants to play and he wants to play for Sheffield United. He’s here for the right reasons and that’s music to my ears.”

Beattie’s suspension begins when United entertain Birmingham City in the FA Cup fourth round tomorrow. The 33-year-old scored 34 goals in 65 appearances for United earlier in his career.

“I didn’t have to pitch Sheffield United to James,” added Wilson. “He knows this club better than I do.

“He’s probably operating at 50 to 70 per cent fitness wise right now but if I didn’t think he can make an impact on the pitch he wouldn’t be here.”