Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has revealed his side missed out on deadline-day deals for Jerome Sinclair and Domingos Quina, in a video documentary focusing on the final day of the transfer window at the Blades.
The former Northampton boss admits that deals were agreed with parents clubs Watford and West Ham, but agents demanding larger fees for securing the deals scuppered any moves to Bramall Lane.
However, Sinclair has moved to distance himself from claims that a deal was agreed, and posted on Twitter that he was approached, but nothing was finalised.
In what will be a disappointing end to the transfer window for Wilder, the speculation surrounding the deals will not have helped the disappointment of missing out on the pair.
The Verdict: Wilder’s claims that agents were totally to blame for the collapse of the transfers further enforces the stereotype that those representing players do not have the best interest of their clients at heart, and that their only motivation is money.
Sheffield United’s decision to document their final day dealings may have appeared a good move, allowing not only Blades fans, but football fans an insight into what happens in the dying hours of a transfer window, but the fallout from this deal would never have materialised without the programme.
Wilder will have been keen to tie up deals for the players, with a need for serious depth and quality if his side are to avoid a relegation scrap, and if the manager’s admission is true, then the collapse will be a real disappointment.
Sinclair came out to distance himself from the claims, which may have been a ploy by his agent to calm the situation, but Wilder would surely have not made such claims if there was no truth in the matter.
Blades fans, do you feel your squad is good enough to stay up despite missing out on the pair?