Sheffield United have rejected a £1m offer for Che Adams, The Star understands.
Bramall Lane’s hierarchy turned down the bid, submitted by a Premier League club, after being contacted by the unnamed team earlier this week.
Although it did not constitute an official approach, negotiators acting on the top-flight side’s behalf confirmed their employers were willing to pay a seven figure sum to secure Adams’ release.
Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town are also known to be monitoring the teenager’s progress following his move to South Yorkshire 20 months ago.
Chris Wilder, who took charge of United when Nigel Adkins was dismissed in May, believes Adams can make further strides next term, saying: “There are some very talented players already here and it’s up to us to get even more out of them.”
Adams, whose team mate Dominic Calvert-Lewin interests Everton, has scored 15 goals in 54 appearances since being signed from Ilkeston by Wilder’s predecessor Nigel Clough. He partnered Billy Sharp in attack during the closing stages of Adkins’ reign and is scheduled to feature when United’s preparations for the new League One campaign begin in earnest at Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday. (Kick-off 3pm).
Wilder, who released 10 and transfer listed another seven members of the squad which finished 11th last season, remains hopeful Kyle McFadzean will arrive before August 6th’s opener against Bolton Wanderers. The defender has refused to train with MK Dons after telling manager Karl Robinson he wants to rejoin his former club.
Meanwhile, United shortly will discover their opponents in the group stages of the revamped EFL Trophy .
Fifteen PL clubs, including Liverpool, Everton, Middlesbrough and Leicester City, have been invited to field under-21 teams in the competition. Together with many of their divisional rivals, United are known to have expressed concerns about the revised format at the Football League’s annual general meeting last month.