Bolton's Guillermo Torres (C) in action with Sheffield United's Dominic Calvert Lewin (L) and Ioan Evans
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has told the Sheffield Star that he is yet to receive a bid for striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, despite strong speculation surrounding a move to Everton.
Calvert-Lewin, 19, was born in Sheffield and has come up through the ranks with the Blades, having joined the club back in 2005 at the age of just eight.
After scoring six goals in five games during a loan spell with non-league outfit Stalybridge Celtic, Calvert-Lewin made his Sheffield United debut back in April 2015, and spent most of last season on loan at Northampton Town.
Calvert-Lewin hit eight goals in 28 games for Northampton, earning a recall to Bramall Lane in January - and his displays in League Two appear to have triggered interest in his signature.
The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that Everton are close to completing a £1m deal for Calvert-Lewin, with manager Ronald Koeman seemingly looking to add a talented young striker to his ranks at Goodison Park.
Calvert-Lewin appears to have great potential, and could be a star of the future on Merseyside - but a deal may not be as close as first thought.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, who managed Calvert-Lewin at Northampton last season, has told the Sheffield Star that he has so far not received any bids for the striker of Che Adams, though there has been some interest.
Wilder added that he's pleased to see Premier League clubs want to sign his young talent, but knows top flight clubs are in a powerful position when it comes to raiding League One teams for their prospects.
"There have been no offers for Che and none for Dominic," said Wilder. "But, do you know what? I’d much rather have clubs interested in our players than not. There’s a reason why people are interested and that’s because they are good players. There’s more to come from Che and I know Dom having worked with him last year. Yes, there’s been a little bit of interest but no firm bids have come in. When we came in, we had the intention of working with them and that’s not changed."
"As a League One club, if Premier League clubs come calling then they are in a powerful position. Agents get involved and heads can get turned. We can’t be arrogant enough to say that, in this type of situation, we aren’t a selling club because we are in the third division. When firm offers come in, if they come in, then they’ll be considered the same as happens everywhere else," he added.
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