Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has revealed John Lundstram has turned down the club’s offer of a new contract and looks set to leave Bramall Lane.
The 26-year-old is in the final year of his existing deal, with Wilder keen to keep the midfielder. However, negotiations to extend Lundstram’s stay have been going on for months and the Blades’ latest offer has been rejected.
“We have offered him a very good contract that is up there with the top players at the club and he has made the decision with his agent that he doesn’t want to sign, and I respect that,” said Wilder.
“He is a Sheffield United player and still up for selection, but the three options are straightforward for me.
“He runs down his contract, and he has every right to do that, which is not ideal for us; we try to recoup some value for the player in the January window; or the best option for the football club is he signs the new contract – which doesn’t look like it will happen and that’s unfortunate.”
Wilder continued: “He most likely wants to run his contract down, so we will ask for or invite offers for a very good player who did well for us in the Premier League last season.
“We feel it is a very good offer but there are always two sides to every story and John and his agent feel that they maybe want to negotiate elsewhere, so that’s where it’s at.
“I am very frustrated about that. Cards on the table, I believe John should have signed it.”
Lundstram has started all six of the Blades’ Premier League games this season.
Burnley, Crystal Palace and Rangers have all been linked with the Liverpool-born star, who has scored five goals since United’s return to the Premier League last season.
The former Oxford man will be free to speak with foreign clubs in January and is in line leave next summer as a free agent.