Newcastle have ‘genuine interest’ in Sheff Utd star but Blades holding firm amid demand

Sander Berge, Sheffield United, January 2023

Newcastle United reportedly have a “genuine interest” in Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, but the Blades are holding firm.

Berge has been a player in demand for a while. Indeed, interest from big clubs such as Liverpool and Chelsea were reported before the transfer window opened.

Just a few days before the end of the window, it was reported Chelsea were lining up a bid for the midfielder.

The Blues have been linked with a lot of midfielders this window, and with Jorginho possibly on the move, incomings are wise. Indeed, links to clubs the size of Chelsea and Liverpool show the quality that Berge possesses.

The Norwegian showed that in both seasons he played in the Premier League with United and that has continued since the Yorkshire side have been back in the second tier.

Four goals and three assists this season from the midfielder have helped them to second in the league. As such, United will be happy that nothing has come of Chelsea’s apparent interest yet.

It seems they are more focussed on a deal for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez.

However, United are not out of the woods just yet.

Newcastle have ‘genuine interest’ in Berge

That’s because of Newcastle’s interest in Berge, as per insider Dean Jones.

“They’re linked with Sander Berge and there is genuine interest there,” he told GIVEMESPORT.

“But they want that to be a loan with money to come later on. The problem is if Sheffield United are going to let Sander Berge go right now, they want cash.”

The interest comes after reports that Jonjo Shelvey will be allowed to leave Newcastle. With one midfielder going out, they seemingly want to bring another in.

However, the Blades seem to be holding firm over Berge’s future. In fact, the decision they have reportedly made will not be one that Newcastle want to hear.

No deal to be done

Indeed, Sky Sports reports that the Bramall Lane outfit’s owner has decided ‘not to entertain’ any bids for Berge.

That is a significant update from wanting to make sure they make money now. However, it would make sense if they have made that decision, with Berge’s importance, coupled with their current league position.

That seems to be exactly why it has apparently been made, with Sky Sports adding the club have decided it needs to ‘keep its best players to maximise the push for promotion’.

If Newcastle do want to add to the midfield, it seems they’ll have to look elsewhere.

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