Birmingham City will consider making Sheffield United a cash-plus player offer after their approach for Che Adams was rebutted by the League One club.
City tabled an undisclosed seven figure bid, believed to be worth £1.2m, with Bramall Lane’s hierarchy earlier this week but were told it fell well short of United’s valuation.
Although they are unwilling to meet the £2m price tag which has been reportedly been placed upon Adams’ shoulders, City manager Gary Rowett hopes to broker a compromise by handing United the chance to sign one or two players on the fringes of his squad.
Rowett also suspects City’s bargaining position is strengthened by the fact they can provide Championship football next term although United, who omitted Adams from the team which faced FC Halifax Town two days ago, remain determined to receive what one source last night described as “the going rate” should the former Ilkeston centre-forward depart.
They are also likely to demand a substantial sell-on clause is inserted into any proposed deal.
News of City’s interest will alert Wigan Athletic, who have also been monitoring Adams’ situation in recent weeks, while Wolverhampton Wanderers could be tempted to enter the race.
Huddersfield Town considered making an official approach for Adams last month but are now thought to have concluded their transfer business.