Sheffield United: Deal hopes are raised

Diego De Girolamo could be set to stay at Bramall Lane � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Diego De Girolamo could be set to stay at Bramall Lane � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Sheffield United believe Diego De Girolamo is set to perform a surprise u-turn by accepting a new contract, writes James Shield.

The Italy under-20 international’s decision comes after Nigel Adkins, who took charge at Bramall Lane three weeks ago, vowed every member of his squad would be given “an opportunity” to impress ahead of the forthcoming League One campaign.

De Girolamo is known to have endured a strained relationship with the 50-year-old’s predecessor Nigel Clough and the situation came to a head during the closing stages of last term when the teenage striker informed United’s hierarchy that he would wanted to leave.

But The Star understands De Girolamo and his representative are now minded to honour the season long proposal club officials tabled before parting company with Clough soon after United’s ill-fated play-off semi-final against Swindon Town.

However, sources close to the negotiation process yesterday stressed that talks aimed at securing De Girolamo’s future have yet to reach a concrete conclusion with Bolton Wanderers thought to be among those teams monitoring his situation closely.

De Girolamo, aged 19, has made 27 senior appearances since graduating from the Redtooth Academy in 2012.

Diego De Girolamo in action for York City against Accrington Stanley last season

Diego De Girolamo in action for York City against Accrington Stanley last season

Despite being born in Chesterfield, he qualifies for the Azzurrini by virtue of his Neapolitan father and elected to represent Italy rather than England at the invitation of former AC Milan chief Arrigo Saachi. He joined York City and Northampton Town on loan last season.

Manchester United and Manchester City are also known to have tracked De Girolamo’s progress in recent years.

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins at Bramall Lane