Sheffield United: Kenny sends a coded message

Kenny Jackett has sent a coded message to Sheffield United and Harry Maguire
Kenny Jackett has sent a coded message to Sheffield United and Harry Maguire
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Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett could end his interest in Harry Maguire after confirming the Championship club are “not close” to completing any new transfers, writes James Shield.

And Jackett, who together with Hull City chief Steve Bruce is refusing to meet Sheffield United’s valuation of the former England under-21 international centre-half, revealed he is “comfortable” with the defensive options at his disposal following Richard Stearman’s decision to sign a new contract.

“We won’t strengthen just for the sake of it, we’ll only take players we think are going to improve us,” Jackett said. “If we don’t get them, I’m comfortable to carry on with what we’ve got.

“If there’s somebody we genuinely think has top-class potential, and is available for the right price, we won’t hesitate to strengthen. But there’s a certain type of player we’re looking for and that somebody has to be outstanding and make us better.

“We could quite easily start with the players we have. Danny Batth and Richard Stearman formed an excellent partnership last season and Sam Ricketts and Ethan Ebanks-Landell can also play there.”

As The Star reported earlier this week, both Wolves and City have been warned not to table any more offers which fail to match United’s valuation of the player. Maguire, whose deal expires at the end of next season, is scheduled to report for pre-season training with United next week.

“When internal ones re-sign, they can really help you,” Jackett, who has bid £1m and £1.5m for Maguire, added. “And while they may not be the same splash publicly, they’re just as important.

“With Dave Edwards and Richard Stearman signing in the summer we’re in a good position.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1