Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is bracing himself for a £4 million bid from West Ham United for 27-year-old midfielder John Fleck, a bid though that is expected to be rejected by the Blades according to a report in the Yorkshire Post.
Fleck has made 27 appearances for the Blades so far this campaign, having been the player of the year at Bramall Lane last season, and has three-and-a-half years remaining on his deal at the Blades.
So would losing John Fleck be a huge blow to Sheffield United’s promotion hopes?
“It would be catastrophic.
“The Scotsman is a massive influence in the team, bringing quality and balance to the side.
“If they are serious about promotion they can’t sell him – it’s as simple as that.”
“It would certainly be a blow, but I’m not sure it’s a ‘huge’ one as such.
“The Blades seem to have built a side on honest hard work, with professionals who are not as good as the league position suggests.
“That makes me think there would be a replacement in quickly.”
“It would leave a noticeable void.
“Fleck has been hugely impressive for the Blades this season, and has formed an excellent partnership with Oliver Norwood this season in the centre of midfield.
“They cannot afford to let him leave, otherwise it could have a serious impact on their promotion hopes.”
“It would be a seismic blow to their hopes.
“Fleck has played in all of the club’s Championship fixtures this term and has been a constant in the side for many years now, and he is one of the reasons for their continued rise.
“If Fleck were to go, it would hit Wilder harder than he might imagine.
“If I were Sheffield United, I would do all I can to hold on to the 27-year-old.”