Rising Blades star won’t be sold on the cheap

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DANNY Wilson has responded to speculation about the future of teenage sensation Harry Maguire by saying any potential suitors will have to be prepared to spend big.

Newcastle United are believed to be tracking the young Sheffield United centre-back, who has been a revelation alongside Neill Collins this year.

Sheffield-born Maguire was instrumental in the Blades reaching the FA Youth Cup final last term and has shone at first-team level, playing a vital role in United’s march up the League One table.

Wilson, the Blades chief, said they have not received any inquiries regarding the promising 18-year-old but conceded: “I’m sure there have been plenty of people watching Harry.”

Matthew Lowton and George Long have also been linked with moves away from Bramall Lane in recent weeks. The Star understands Ipswich Town and Burnley are monitoring right-back Lowton’s situation while Manchester United are interested in Long’s services.

“It is quite common knowledge about the situation at the football club and how it needs to be more sustainable,” admitted Wilson. “But we are not going to sell anybody on the cheap. If people are going, they will have a proper market value.

“I don’t think the club is in a position where they are just going to let somebody go for the sake of it to take a couple of quid off the wage bill. It has to be significant. Whether or not we get that, I don’t know.”

Wilson, who is targeting an eighth successive victory in all competitions when United entertain Hartlepool tomorrow, also confirmed none of his squad have indicated they want to go elsewhere in the New Year.

“They all feel a responsibility to get us back to where we were last season,” he said. “The circumstances may change if we accept a bid for someone but other than that I can’t see any of them banging on my door.”

United’s under-18s side will now travel to Sheffield Wednesday on April 7.