Despite Paul Heckingbottom’s plea not to sell any of his key players while his squad’s promotion push is still in doubt, Sheffield United appear set to hold an auction for Norway international Sander Berge..
Berge was withdrawn from yesterday’s FA Cup tie against Wrexham against the wishes of both the manager and his coaching staff after Bramall Lane’s hierarchy began exploring the possibility of selling the midfielder before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.
The English Football League imposed a transfer embargo on the Championship club ahead of the 3-3 draw with the National League leaders, and the club will be barred from processing any new signings for the next 12 months unless they settle a debt relating to a previous purchase or purchases within 30 days..
Fulham are thought to be leading the race for Berge’s signature, having opened talks with United prior to their trip to north Wales.
However, after seeing John Egan’s added time strike prevent his team from thrilling the competition in the fourth round, Heckingbottom insisted Berge could still stay in South Yorkshire until the end of the season despite being ordered not to play against Phil Parkinson’s side..
Although Craven Cottage officials are convinced that United’s financial situation will persuade their counterparts at United to do business, The Star understands that an actual bid had yet to be accepted when Heckingbottom addressed the media following his team’s trip to north Wales..
Newcastle has also been linked with Berge, while Chelsea considered taking him on loan during the summer transfer window..