DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, is warning off clubs from making a bid for Matthew Lowton, insisting the young defender is not for sale.
Ipswich Town and Blackpool are believed to be considering making a move for 22-year-old, who has established himself as a valuable member of United’s first-team squad.
But Wilson has ruled out selling the popular player and told The Star: “He did fantastic here last season and we are trying to tie all our younger lads down and keep them here longer.
“We have not had any approaches for Matt and, at the same time, we would not encourage them anyway.
“He is one of the young lads who have done very well since breaking into the team and I want him to keep progressing with us.”
Predominantly a right-back, Lowton can also operate at centre-half, left-back or in the defensive midfield position.
Wilson added: “Matt can play numerous roles but he seems to be excelling in the right-back position at the moment. We want him to enjoy that role but if we are struggling for cover as the season goes on in other positions then I’m sure he will be happy to fill in.
“It is going to be Matt’s first full season and we just want him to keep progressing and getting better with us.”
Richard Cresswell has echoed Wilson’s sentiments on Lowton, saying: “He is a lad we need to keep hold of if we want to get out of this league.”
Chesterfield-born Lowton, Jordan Slew and Harry Maguire are expected to play prominent roles as the Blades bid to mount a major promotion challenge next season.
Despite the club’s s financial situation following relegation to League One, Wilson has stressed he is not under pressure to sell United’s youngsters.But he warned: “Money talks. A day is a long time in football and who knows what will happen.”