Revealed: Sheffield United's stance on Billy Sharp and Luke Freeman after duo linked with Leeds United, Celtic, Nottingham Forest ahead of deadline

Pair have struggled for consistent game time

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 11:07 am
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 11:31 am

Chris Wilder has insisted Billy Sharp and Luke Freeman are still part of his plans at Sheffield United ahead of tomorrow's transfer deadline.

Both men have been linked with moves away from Bramall Lane in the January window, with Leeds and Celtic mooted as a possible destination for Sharp while Nottingham Forest have been linked with Freeman.

But Wilder, speaking ahead of Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace, revealed he was "a bit disappointed" when Match of the Day's pundits said on air on Saturday evening that Sharp was free to leave Bramall Lane.

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"That was wrong," Wilder said. "I said if Billy knocked on my door and said he wanted to play elsewhere, I'd do what I could to facilitate that.

"He hasn't so end of story.

"There's obvious interest in boys who aren't playing football and I'd be disappointed if there wasn't. But I want to keep the group together.

"Some players have not kept pace with the club over the last three years but Billy and Luke have.

"They're part of the group and if I was in the Championship, I'd make an enquiry for them; one hundred per cent.

"But they're part of the group going forward and that's the end of the story as far as I'm concerned."