Wolverhampton Wanderers have rejected a bid from Sheffield United for Conor Coady as Chris Wilder continues his recruitment drive, reports the Express and Star.
Coady previously played 50 matches in all competitions for the Blades during the 2013/14 season while on loan from boyhood club Liverpool and Wilder has admitted the Yorkshire club have made an offer for the 24-year-old.
Anthony Knockaert of Brighton & Hove Albion and Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action.
"Yes, we have put a bid in," the 49-year-old told the Sheffield Star.
"What it is will remain between the two clubs. Yes, it's ambitious. But we like to think we are an ambitious club."
Coady captained Wolves during the 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough in their Championship opener and is thought to be happy at Molineux - where he is considered an important part of head coach Nuno Espirito Santo's first team plans.
The Reds academy product played in central defence against Boro and is a versatile player who also operated at right-back last term; but in general his game time has been in midfield.
If that is where Wilder would like to use Coady for United it would suggest that they have perhaps finally given up hope of signing Southend United captain Ryan Leonard.
Gregg Wylde of Northampton Town moves forward with the ball watched by Ryan Leonard of Southend United.
Yet despite having entered the final year of his current contract at Roots Hall, both chairman Ron Martin and manager Phil Brown are determined the 25-year-old will not leave and it seems they may just get their way.