Harry Maguire has asked Sheffield United to put their talks over a new contract on hold until his future at Bramall Lane is resolved, manager Nigel Clough confirmed last night.
Wolverhampton Wanderers saw a bid, understood to be worth £1.5m, rejected for the centre-half earlier this week having previously failed with a £1m offer.
Clough, who yesterday denied that Andy Butler’s arrival from Walsall is designed to pave the way for Maguire’s departure, told The Star: “Harry has asked to put them (the talks) on hold and wait and see what happens over the next few weeks.
“It’s perfectly understandable but, I’ll repeat what I said before, that in my opinion, his career would be better off by staying here.”
United’s bargaining position has been strengthened by the knowledge that, even though Maguire’s present deal expires next year, they would still be entitled to considerable compensation should he depart as a free agent.
“If something comes in we deem to be beneficial to us as a club then we’ll discuss it,” Clough said. “But that hasn’t happened yet and Harry’s situation has not been altered.”