Sheffield United have been warned they will have to stump up “a lot of money” if they are to follow up reported interest in Wigan midfielder Sam Morsy.
Morsy, the former Chesterfield man, is rumoured to feature on Chris Wilder’s shortlist as he prepares for United’s League One curtain-raiser at Bolton Wanderers this weekend.
But 24-year-old Morsy, who joined Wigan from the Spireites in January, has featured prominently in his side’s pre-season programme and Latics boss Gary Caldwell said: “Sam is somebody who is a big part of the squad.
“He started at Fleetwood on Friday, and he started at Oldham on Tuesday.
“We value him very highly, and if anyone wants to come and get any of our players then they’ll have to pay a lot of money to get them.”
Any potential move for Morsy could be complicated by possible Latics interest in John Brayford, the Blades right-back.
Sources close to the Championship club reported yesterday that Brayford could emerge as a target for Caldwell - although Wilder revealed that no concrete interest has yet been formally declared.
“John is a fantastic player,” said Wilder, who previously described the former Derby and Cardiff man as the ‘best right back in League One’.
“I watched as a fan when he joined under Nigel Clough and he was a big part of their fantastic cup runs in that period. “He lost his way a bit last season and didn’t have a great year, but he’s a big player for us.
“We’re still looking to improve and bring in one or two players, mainly in midfield.
“They might be loans or permanent signings but we’re working hard, as most managers are.”