Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has labelled Sheffield United’s offer for defender Darragh Lenihan as ‘almost embarrassing’, according to The Lancashire Telegraph.
The 23-year-old defender came up through the ranks at the Lancashire-based club and earned his senior debut for the side back in April 2015, in their 2-0 win over Millwall in the Championship.
And he has since gone from strength to strength at Blackburn, appearing a further 73 times for the club of which 40 came in the second tier last season, although he was ultimately unable to keep Tony Mowbray’s side in the division, going down on the final day despite winning at Brentford.
And their relegation has unsurprisingly seen interest in Lenihan’s services come to fruition, with Chris Wilder’s Championship-bound Sheffield United reportedly having launched two bids for the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, both of which have been rejected by Rovers.
And boss Mowbray has outlined exactly why his side turned down those offers, thought to be £400,000 and then £500,000.
He said: ‘It’s good when people want your players because it tells you that they’re doing well.
‘Every footballer has a price, Cristiano Ronaldo’s is 200m Euros, but what I do know is that Lenihan’s isn’t what was offered.
‘It was almost an embarrassing offer.’
These comments are sure to interest both Blackburn and Sheffield United fans alike, with the former hoping that they’ll keep one of their star players, and the latter hoping their side can bolster their ranks ahead of the new Championship season.
And Mowbray’s comments also highlight how far away Wilder’s men are to striking a deal with the third tier club, and thus it remains to be seen whether or not the Blades go in for him again, or turn their attentions to other transfer targets.
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