'Vulnerable' Sheffield United make stance clear on former Coventry City favourite Gustavo Hamer

Sheffield United want to keep former Coventry City favourite Gustavo Hamer to help the Blades bounce straight back to the Premier League following their relegation to the Championship.

Reports to the contrary have suggested that the club are ready to listen to offers of £15million to get their money back on the midfielder they bought off the Sky Blues late last summer. United will be bracing themselves for interest in some of their star names after dropping out of the top flight, with one or two key sales expected to make up the shortfall in income.

Rival clubs have also been credited with an interest in the likes of Anel Ahmedhodzic and Vini Souza, who are unlikely to see the prospect of a season in the Championship as part of their career progression. Hamer was one of the best players in the Championship before being given his Premier League chance by the Blades, after Sander Berge was sold to Burnley.

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With five goals and seven assists to his name he has been one of the club’s biggest creative forces in an otherwise forgettable season for the club.

Speaking about Hamer’s future, manager Chris Wilder admitted in Friday’s pre-match press conference: “There are certain players who maybe won’t want to be a part of that journey as well, so we understand that and have to be smart and make sure we get value for money on those players who are going out. There are players we want to keep, and Gus is one of them. And Jayden [Bogle] is one of those, and Arblaster as well.

“We are in a little bit of a vulnerable position because of the finances involved in the Premier League, so I can’t sit here and categorically say they’re going to be here for the next five years. I just don’t think that happens, and that’s the case for the majority of Premier League clubs as well, never mind a team that’s had a disappointing season and is going to find itself in the Championship next season.

“But certain players we have a plan for and we want to surround ourselves with and we see taking us forward. And who we don’t see taking us forward. It’s not personal decisions it’s how it is and how we’re trying to structure the club to make an immediate comeback. Off the back of that there will be rumours and understandably so but Gus has been a success, he brings an excitement to the team and an ability at the top of the pitch and I know how much the fans think of him, he’s a crowd favourite - as Jayden is and Arblaster is - because of their positive, consistent performances all season.”

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