United fear delay in sale of star players

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SHEFFIELD United fear their efforts to offload players following the club’s relegation from the Championship could be hampered by harsh economic conditions elsewhere.

Kevin McCabe, United’s plc chairman, admits a string of high-earners are set to depart Bramall Lane this summer as Bramall Lane’s hierarchy prepare for life in League One.

Ched Evans, who reportedly interests Middlesbrough, is among those expected to be sold with Darius Henderson, despite refusing to submit a transfer request, also earmarked for transfer.

However, officials on Teesside have been forced to delay signing Dutch winger Anouar Hadouir until, what sources describe as an “unsustainable” wage bill has been reduced.

With that scenario being replicated across the division, a log-jam has been created in the market which us unlikely to be breached until one big-money move is pushed through.

“It’s not like it was a couple of years ago,” McCabe said.

“Clubs are more inclined to wait now until they’ve got other issues sorted out before they really start buying.”

Meanwhile, United have unveiled details of their annual golf day.

The event, which takes place at Abbeydale GC on Friday June 24, also includes a dinner dance.

Former players including Tony Currie, Carl Bradshaw, Len Badger and Ted Hemsley are scheduled to attend together with current members of Danny Wilson’s squad.

Tickets are priced £495 plus VAT for a team of four while entry to the dinner and dance costs £40 plus VAT.

Claire Payne, United’s customer services manager, said: “It’s a great chance to have a fun day before returning to Bramall Lane.”