Sheffield United: Boss endorses loan plan but EFL rivals fear being priced out of a move for Blades striker
Sheffield United manager Slavisa Jokanovic has endorsed the club’s decision to let Daniel Jebbison leave Bramall Lane on loan, as two of the teams interested in acquiring the youngster fear being priced out of the race for his services.
As The Star reported earlier this week, some members of Bramall Lane’s hierarchy would prefer to place Jebbison with Beerschot, who signed his team mate Femi Seriki on Thursday, rather than sanction a switch to either Sunderland or Burton Albion.
Sources at the Stadium of Light and Pirelli Stadium last night confirmed Jebbison has held talks with them both after being informed of their intention to hire him for the remainder of the season. However, one suggested that neither can afford to pay the faculty fee United are demanding in order to process the transfer. Although the exact amount Jebbison’s employers want has yet to be confirmed, there is speculation it could be as high as £1m after watching the 18-year-old score on his full Premier League debut towards the end of last term.
Jokanovic, whose side returns to Championship action at Swansea City tonight, was appointed soon after United’s relegation from the top-flight was confirmed. With his squad overload with attacking options, the Serb believes Jebbison will benefit from regular first team football elsewhere if he proves unable to shoehorn him into United’s starting eleven.
“We believe he (Jebbison) needs more guaranteed football on the field,” Jokanovic said. “One way of doing that, if he can’t get that here, is to loan him out. In football, you never know but Jebbo is working very hard.”