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Thursday, 13th February 2020, 1:13 pm

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Sheffield United's Sander Berge. Photo: Tess Derry/PA Wire.

Sheffield United LIVE - updates and the latest news from Bramall Lane

Last updated: Thursday, 13 February, 2020, 15:08

  • The inside track on United's transfer policy
  • Why the Blades opted to sign Sander Berge in January
  • Latest news and views from Bramall Lane
  • Lowdown on why loan moves can be made permanent
  • United officials prepare for crunch transfer strategy meeting
  • Wilder consulted former United striker over Berge signing
  • PSG and Chelsea 'want' Henderson

Henderson wanted by Chelsea and PSG - reports

Sheffield United's on loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson is reportedly being courted by Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.

ESPN claims that the performances of the 22-year-old, who has a contract at parent club Manchester United until 2022 with the option of another 12 months, have alerted some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Henderson has impressed during his loan spell at Bramall Lane and is challenging Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope for the England number one spot ahead of this summer's European Championships.

The Star reported last month how Blades officials have already approached their counterparts in the North-West about renewing the 22-year-old’s agreement during the close season. 

Those discussions, however, are still at a preliminary stage with Wilder yet to receive any firm indication about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans for the former under-21 international.

Henderson has kept 30 clean sheets in all competitions since joining United in the summer of 2018, with eight of those coming in the Premier League this term.

He has yet to make a first team appearance for his parent club, despite enrolling on their academy programme in 2011.

Dean Henderson, on loan to Sheffield United from Manchester United, is reported on the radar of Chelsea and PSG.

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Wilder reveals he consulted former Blades striker over Berge deal

Sander Berge joined Sheffield United for a club record £22m from Genk last month.

Chris Wilder has revealed he consulted Jan Aage Fjortoft, the former United and Norway centre-forward, before signing his compatriot Sander Berge.

Berge became the most expensive player in United’s history when he completed a £22m move from Belgian club Genk during the transfer window.

Although Wilder and his coaching staff had already researched the midfielder, having first made an approach last summer, the 52-year-old confirmed the opinions of Fjortoft and others with a knowledge of Berge’s qualities before completing the record breaking deal.

Read the full story HERE

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Chris Sutton blasts Bournemouth stars 'snowflakes'

The fallout from AFC Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling accusing referee Jon Moss of mocking his side's league position in the 2-1 defeat at United on Sunday shows no sign of relenting.

Gosling told the Bournemouth Echo that Moss should "apologise" and that he had "zero respect" for some of his teammates. 

“I thought he was a disgrace," Gosling said.

The Premier League is understood to be taking no action against Moss for his comments nor will be charging Gosling for his criticism.

But the saga has sparked a debate within the game about the behaviour of referees towards players during matches.

And former Chelsea and Celtic striker Chris Sutton, writing for the Daily Mail, has described Gosling and his teammates as a bunch of snowflakes for complaining about Moss and recalled an incident involving a match official when he was manager of Lincoln City.

"October 31, 2009, I was manager of Lincoln and we were 3-0 down at Morecambe," he writes.   

"I hammered an assistant who flagged for offside. God's honest truth, he replied: 'Maybe I'm a s*** linesman but I'm not as s*** as your team.' I went and sat back in my dugout, laughing inside.

"To be fair, he was right!

"Now Bournemouth's players have gone running to the headteacher because of sarky comments made in class. Crikey.

"Get over it and concentrate on your fight for survival."

Referee Jon Moss at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane on Sunday.

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The lowdown on why United can make loan deals permanent moves

Richairo Zivkovic was one of five signings completed by Blades boss Chris Wilder in January.

United will not have to enter into negotiations with the parent clubs of either Panos Retsos or Richairo Zivkovic if they decide to sign them on a permanent basis at the end of the season, chief executive Steve Bettis has confirmed.

More HERE

Sheffield United signed Greek star Panos Retsos last month.

At first glance, it appears almost impossible; identifying players capable of thriving within a system no other team in Europe employs.

But that was the task facing Sheffield United when, after Chris Wilder resolved to increase cover and competition for his overlapping centre-halves, they began the search for defenders capable of deputising for Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell. Or, should either lose form, ensure United did not have to devise a completely new strategy for the remainder of the Premier League campaign.

Detailing the selection process with saw Panos Retsos and Jack Robinson emerge as the successful candidates, Wilder explained how, together with his assistant Alan Knill and head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, he began whittling down the list of potential options.

Full report HERE

Why United opted to sign Sander Berge in January

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