SHEFFIELD UNITED: Danny Wilson quashes John Cofie concerns

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SHEFFIELD United, who last night learned Millwall and Burnley are monitoring midfielder Nick Montgomery’s situation at Bramall Lane, have quashed fears that new signing John Cofie will miss the start of the season.

Cofie was withdrawn during the first-half of Saturday’s friendly at Morecambe after aggravating a hip complaint.

But Wilson insisted the youngster, on-loan from Manchester United, should be declared fit for this weekend’s Capital One Cup tie with Burton Albion.

“John had a bit of a problem there before the game but it wasn’t enough to leave him out,” Wilson told The Star.

“When he took a bit of a whack on it again we decided to take him off because there’s no point in taking unnecessary risks. It’s nothing serious though.”

Wilson also elected to omit Montgomery from the squad which triumphed 2-0 at the Globe Arena due to a back problem. Millwall, where the former Scotland under-21 international spent a brief period on loan last term, have re-ignited their interest in acquiring his services after apparently cooling on the idea earlier this summer.

With Wilson acknowledging that some of his highest earning players must be sold, Burnley have also made a tentative enquiry about Montgomery’s position.

Leeds, managed by former United chief Neil Warnock, have considered entering the race for his signature given the 30-year-old’s desire to remain in the north of England.

Warnock knows that a move to Elland Road would be Montgomery’s preferred option but representatives of United’s Yorkshire rivals have yet to indicate whether they will submit a concrete offer.

However, all three of Montgomery’s suitors are minded to wait until the end of the transfer window before pressing ahead with their bids.

United’s longest-serving player, Montgomery has made over 350 league appearances since making his debut against Norwich City in October 2000.

Meanwhile, Wilson has confirmed Lee Williamson is set to sign for another club later this week. Unlike Chris Porter and Kevin McDonald, Williamson refused to accept United’s offer of a fresh contract following last season’s League One play-off final.

“I expect Lee will be going somewhere else very soon,” Wilson said. “I’d never completely rule him out coming back until the ink is dry on a deal but I’m not holding my breath now. It’s very, very unlikely.”