Sheffield United: Chris Wilder to play hardball with MK Dons over Kyle McFadzean

Chris Wilder has made a third signing of the summer with the capture of central defender James Wilson.
Welsh international Wilson, 27, was out of contract and signs a two-year deal with the Blades.
Institute of Sport building, Sheffield. Picture date July 05, 2016 Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Chris Wilder has made a third signing of the summer with the capture of central defender James Wilson. Welsh international Wilson, 27, was out of contract and signs a two-year deal with the Blades. Institute of Sport building, Sheffield. Picture date July 05, 2016 Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder will not be held to ransom over MK Dons defender Kyle McFadzean despite the player’s efforts to force through a move to Bramall Lane.

McFadzean, who yesterday saw fellow centre-half James Wilson become United’s third summer signing, has failed to train with Karl Robinson’s side since handing-in a transfer request last month.

Chris Wilder still wants to sign MK Dons defender Kyle McFadzean

Chris Wilder still wants to sign MK Dons defender Kyle McFadzean

Although the 29-year-old’s relationship with Robinson appears at breaking point, Wilder last night warned there must be no repeat of the ‘Dan Burn’ saga which overshadowed much of his predecessor Nigel Adkins’ reign.

“There was a situation last year with a certain player and that won’t happen again,” Wilder told The Star. “If we don’t get movement by the end of the week then we’ll start moving on. A lot of things are required to get things over the line. We have submitted bids we feel are reasonable and there will be more negotiating. But we won’t drag everything out. I won’t wait for ever on a deal but, yes, we are confident things can happen.”

United, who spent seven months chasing Burn before he swapped Fulham for Wigan Athletic, are understood to value McFadzean at around £250,000. Robinson recently insisted the former Steelphalt Academy graduate would not be sold to a League One rival. But, in a small but potentially signficant shift, is now ready to let him depart if United offer double that amount.

“Kyle has a lot of work to do,” Robinson said. “I don’t know (what he’s doing at the moment), I’ve not spoken to him. That’s his decision.

New signing James Wilson taking part in a boxing session as part of Sheffield United's pre-season training at the EIS

New signing James Wilson taking part in a boxing session as part of Sheffield United's pre-season training at the EIS

“The valuation on him is £500,000 - it’s as simple as that. If he wants to go, it’s £500,000 for the best centre half in the league. I don’t care about what he thinks. His agent has been really good, but we’ve not spoken to Kyle.”

Wilder, confirming negotiators acting on behalf of Bramall Lane will make further contact with Dons this week, admitted he still wants to bolster United’s defensive options following Wilson’s arrival. Capped by Wales at youth, under-21 and senior level, Wilson was also courted by Shrewsbury Town, Rochdale and Leyton Orient after leaving Oldham Athletic.

Wilder said: “We want to get these boys intergrated into the group. I’m not saying, by the time the season kicks off, we’ll have everyone in place. It’s not an ideal world.

“But we’re not going to erase time and ask for favours. We know we need to hit the ground running. If it isn’t going to happen then there has to be a cut off point along the way. We’d love to get our first choice targets but we are also looking at good players who are coveted by other clubs. We won’t wait for ever.”

Kyle McFadzean wants to be playing for, not against, Sheffield United next season

Kyle McFadzean wants to be playing for, not against, Sheffield United next season

Karl Robinson admits his relationship with McFadzean has become strained

Karl Robinson admits his relationship with McFadzean has become strained