Sheffield United: Blades bid to keep McDonald

United expect to learn about Kevin McDonald's future today
United expect to learn about Kevin McDonald's future today

Sheffield United are expected to discover today if Kevin McDonald, their influential midfielder, is staying at Bramall Lane.

McDonald missed Saturday’s defeat by Brentford after holding talks with League One rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Officials at Molineux triggered a clause in the 24-year-old’s contract when they submitted an undisclosed bid for him last week. The Star understands that United’s hierarchy, who also met with McDonald’s representatives before the match at Griffin Park, are prepared to significantly improve the player’s salary rather than lose his services.

But, with Wolves still in receipt of a Premier League parachute payment worth £16m, they will find it impossible to compete on financial terms alone.

David Weir, United’s manager, confirmed he was scheduled to discuss the former Scotland under-21 international’s situation again after watching goals from Adam Forshaw and Will Grigg (2) condemn the visitors to defeat at Griffin Park.

“I’ll be speaking with Kevin,” Weir said. “Definitely.

“We’ve had a conversation already and we’ll be having another one as well.

“The detail of that will remain between ourselves. I’m not going to make that public because to do so wouldn’t be right.

“But we’ll see what happens and take things from there.”

Weir, who took charge of United in June, added: “It’s not been the easiest 24 hours that’s for sure. But that’s part and parcel of the job.”