Sheffield United: Blades ultimatum for Porter

Chris Porter has been given a week to make his mind up over his new deal
Chris Porter has been given a week to make his mind up over his new deal

Chris Porter must decide whether he wants to remain a Sheffield United player next season by the end of the week.

Nigel Clough, the League One club’s manager, warned Porter he will not allow the uncertainty surrounding his long-term future to cast a shadow over Bramall Lane’s manouveres in the transfer market as the search for attacking reinforcements gather pace.

The centre-forward, whose contract expired last month, was offered a new deal by United after emerging as a driving force behind their march into the semi-final of the FA Cup last term.

But, with Porter yet to indicate if he will accept that proposal, Clough told The Star: “We really do need to hear now what Chris’ intentions are. We didn’t put a timescale on things but we do want to know and will be chasing that up ASAP.

“It’s not something we want to drag on, as I’m sure people will understand.”

Although United declined to activate an option inserted into Porter’s previous agreement, the former Motherwell and Derby County striker was handed the opportunity to start the forthcoming campaign in South Yorkshire after scoring seven goals in 18 outings towards the end of last season.

Clough, who brought Porter to the iPro Stadium five years ago, said: “We’ve made Chris an offer. We didn’t have to do that.”

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton Wanderers are prepared to pay £2m for centre-half Harry Maguire, with £500,000 of that sum comprised of performance related sums.

United have already rejected two bids for their reigning player of the year who last week asked for talks over a new deal with Clough’s side to be placed on hold for the foreseeable future.

Maguire, whose United contract has another 12 months to run, has made 166 appearances since graduating from the Redtooth Academy.