Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has described reports that Everton have agreed to sign Dominic Calvert-Lewin for £1m as premature.
But Wilder acknowledged the Steelphalt Academy graduate and his team mate Che Adams have both attracted interest from top-flight clubs after impressing at Bramall Lane last term.
As The Star reported on Friday, Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town are monitoring Adams while an unnamed Premier League outfit has also included him on its list of potential targets.
“There have been no offers for Che and none for Dominic,” Wilder said. “But, do you know what? I’d much rather have clubs interested in our players than not. There’s a reason why people are interested and that’s because they are good players. There’s more to come from Che and I know Dom having worked with him last year. Yes, there’s been a little bit of interest but no firm bids have come in. When we came in, we had the intention of working with them and that’s not changed.”
Calvert-Lewin worked under Wilder during a spell on loan at Northampton Town last season. Adams, who started his career with non-league Ilkeston, is valued at around £1.5m plus add-ons by senior figures within the game.
“As a League One club, if Premier League clubs come calling then they are in a powerful position,” Wilder admitted. “Agents get involved and heads can get turned. We can’t be arrogant enough to say that, in this type of situation, we aren’t a selling club because we are in the third division. When firm offers come in, if they come in, then they’ll be considered the same as happens everywhere else.”
“They are both contracted to the club and they are both good guys,” Wilder added. “It shows, especially in Dom’s case, what the academy has done for him and also, perhaps, a little spell on loan elsewhere. We want to work with them but we also understand the modern market and the way that football is now.”