SHEFFIELD UNITED: Willo out in the cold

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SHEFFIELD United have withdrawn their offer to contract rebel Lee Williamson, The Star understands.

Danny Wilson, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, last night refused to dismiss the possibility of Williamson returning to Bramall Lane should he fail to secure employment elsewhere.

But the former Rotherham and Watford midfielder, who yesterday joined Portsmouth on a short-term basis, would have to start negotiating entirely from scratch if he decides to grasp Wilson’s olive branch. Indeed, having refused to sign what was described as a “very competitive package” before United’s pre-season tour of Malta, Williamson and his representatives are unlikely to receive a red carpet welcome in the event of a u-turn.

Wilson, speaking before yesterday’s development at Fratton Park, admitted he was “unsure” of the 30-year-old’s intentions.

“I was under the impression that he’d agreed to go somewhere else,” Wilson said. “But it seems as if he hasn’t yet.

“He might look again. I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Wilson also used his media briefing for tomorrow’s League One opener against Shrewsbury Town to acknowledge United will not re-enter the transfer market until their wage bill is reduced. Nick Montgomery, Richard Cresswell and Stephen Quinn are among those linked with moves elsewhere.

Wilson insisted: “Nobody here will be forced out. People have made all sorts of presumptions about who might be going but I’m not going to join in because the lads they’re talking about enjoy too much respect here, not least from me.

“Whoever is here will be utilised.”

He continued: “We have to be a sustainable business though. I think everyone understands that.

“It (lowering the wage bill) is not something we’ve tried to hide or disguise. We’ve been transparent. With the new financial legislations that are coming in, there really is no choice.”