Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom has refuted claims in Germany that Werder Bremen made an offer for midfielder Sander Berge.
It was initially reported that the Bundesliga side had tabled a €20m (£17m) bid for the Norwegian international, but it was later suggested that they had proposed a loan with an option to buy. However, Heckingbottom has said there was no approach from Bremen:
“It is not correct. We have had nothing. It is a big bugbear of mine, anyone can put (out) whatever they want, whenever they want and it’s fact… Nothing has happened and that’s it. He is our own player and knows what we think of him. We will be speaking regularly, but that’s it. There’s no issues, nothing – no decision to make, nothing at all. Someone puts something out and we have got to talk about it…That’s it, nothing changes.”
Despite Heckingbottom’s comments, Berge’s future does remain up in the air. Earlier this summer, his national team boss, Stale Solbakken, encouraged him to leave Bramall Lane, and there’s been further speculation that teams are keen to secure his signature this summer.
It’s unlikely that the 24-year-old will stay in England if he does switch clubs. Leeds, Arsenal, Aston Villa and even Manchester City have been mentioned as potential suitors in the past eighteen months but a move to the continent does seem to be the likeliest outcome before the transfer window shuts.