Sheffield United Transfer News: Blades midfielder in demand | Fulham eyeing up Chris Wilder to replace Scott Parker

Former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder could emerge as a contender to take charge of Fulham if and when Scott Parker’s departure is officially confirmed.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 5:24 pm
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Parker is expected to leave Craven Cottage imminently and take over at AFC Bournemouth following Fulham’s relegation to the Championship last season.

The former Blades boss was widely expected to take over at West Brom recently, but that didn’t materialise – which is understood to have led to Albion's sporting and technical director Luke Dowling leaving his role.

Dowling and the Baggies’ English-based board are understood to have wanted Wilder to succeed Sam Allardyce – but sources in the Midlands say that the appointment was vetoed by the club’s owner Guochuan Lai.

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Promoted Brentford and Norwich City have joined Aston Villa, Leeds United, Leicester City and West Ham in the race to sign Matheus Pereira from relegated West Brom this summer, with a price tag of £15m mooted (Daily Star)

And one insider with knowledge of the capital’s footballing scene has suggested Fulham will include Wilder’s name on a shortlist of candidates set to replace the former England midfielder.

Elsewhere at Bramall Lane, United could be forced to reconsider the structure of Arsenal’s proposed deal for Sander Berge – even if United officials are refusing to lower their £35m valuation of the Norway international.

Berge is expected to leave this summer, having expressed his desire to play in the Champions League again, and Mikel Arteta’s side are so far leading the race for the midfielder’s signature.

Chris Wilder, the former Sheffield United manager, could emerge as a contender to take charge of Fulham following Scott Parker’s expected departure (The Star)

And although they will not lower their valuation of Berge, United may be tempted to soften their insistence that any deal is ‘front-loaded’ rather than spread over the duration of the Norwegian midfielder’s contract.

The Star also understands that United’s head of recruitment Paul Mitchell will continue his role when Slavisa Jokanovic takes official charge of the Blades next month.

Here’s a run-down of some other key transfer news from around the Championship…

Nottingham Forest’s hopes of keeping Joe Worrall this summer may be tested, with Burnley interested in signing the 24-year-old in the current transfer window (NottinghamshireLive)
According to Football Insider, Bristol City have ‘opened talks’ with former Leeds United and Wolves left-back Barry Douglas over a move to Ashton Gate, although a number of other clubs are interested in the Scot
Brighton youngster Ryan Longman has been linked with a move away from the south coast, with a number of Championship sides – including Nottingham Forest - reportedly keeping tabs on him. (SussexLive)
Norwich City and Southampton are leading the race to sign Adam Armstrong from Blackburn Rovers this summer, with Rovers willing to sell the striker if a club meets their £15m asking price (Football Insider)
Scotland Under-21 midfielder Allan Campbell is determined to prove himself at Championship level after signing for Luton from Motherwell after 160 appearances for the Lanarkshire club (Independent)
Bournemouth are monitoring the future of Fulham boss Scott Parker as the Cherries continue their search for a new manager (Sky Sports)
Wayne Rooney’s Derby County are expected to re-sign Teden Mengi on loan from Manchester United again this summer (The Athletic)
Birmingham City have failed to agree terms with Alen Halilovic over a new contract, with the Blues now looking to bring in another attacking midfielder as his replacement. (We are Birmingham)
Hull City and Preston North End are keen on Sheffield United midfielder Regan Slater, who saw the Blades extend his contract by another 12 months recently
Middlesbrough want to re-sign former loanee Yannick Bolasie from Everton – but face strong competition from rival Championship clubs who can offer more lucrative terms for the winger (TeesideLive)