Reported Glasgow Rangers target John Lundstram is set for pastures new – could he be joining Steven Gerrard and co at Ibrox next year?
According to the Glasgow Times, the Gers have been put on “high alert” after the 26-year-old turned down a new contract offer at Sheffield United.
Lundstram’s current deal expires next summer and talks have broken down over a new long-term deal, with the midfielder turning down several improved offers to extend his stay.
United boss Chris Wilder confirmed that his player “doesn’t want to sign” despite being offered a “very good contract” to try and keep him at the club.
“We have offered him a very good contract that is up there with the top players at the club and he has made the decision with his agent that he doesn’t want to sign, and I respect that,” Wilder told Sky Sports on Thursday.
“He is a Sheffield United player and still up for selection, but the three options are straightforward for me… he most likely wants to run his contract down, so we will ask for or invite offers for a very good player who did well for us in the Premier League last season.”
Lundstram has been with the Blades since his 2017 move from Oxford United for a reported £500,000 fee, and has made 94 competitive appearances for the Yorkshire club, registering eight goals and seven assists.
With the official confirmation from Wilder that the Brit has rejected a new deal and will potentially run his contract down, some Sheff Utd fans have given their thoughts on social media:
John lundstram is a good guy. Have utd fans already forgot him. I’m going to wish him well, n say good luck for the future. He’s gonna be missed. January ain’t that far away. ⚔️🔴⚪⚫ Once a blade, always a blade. Truth ain’t it blades faithful.
— Chewit-All. 💋💋 (@TheChewitAll) October 30, 2020
Will certainly miss his box-to-box abilities but interesting to see whether any one makes the step up because of it. Would like to see Ethan in the middle some more.
— Sam Ward (@SamWardTweets) October 29, 2020
Wow some of the replies to this .. if we had decided not to renew a contract no one bats an eyelid .. why didn’t Keiron Freeman get a new contract Leon Clarke etc etc .. He doesn’t owe United anything
— dermot griffiths (@tomred666) October 29, 2020
Wilder has consistently said that he has not had a problem with Lunny, or his attitude, and has made it clear he wanted him to sign. I’m sure no one knows the content of the contract, so talking about greed is speculative. I really like Lunny, and am disappointed hes going
— Jackie Ball (@jab_0606) October 29, 2020
I cant fault him tbh. Its a short career. Hes not anywhere near been a fan favourite. Go and get big bucks son
— Shaun Higster (@shaunhigster) October 29, 2020
If he’s got a better offer from another club, good luck to him👍. A footballer’s career is pretty short. He’s been decent for us. Players leave , Tony Currie, Brian Dean, Brooksy. And he’s not even in their league. Get over it
— Mark Miwurdze ⚔ (@MarkTreanor10) October 29, 2020
Quality player . Thanks for last season. Once a blade.. or do we only do that when weve cast people off blades not other way round 🤷🏻♂️
— Tom wild (@tomwild547) October 29, 2020