Flitcroft reveals Leeds snub
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheffield United new boy Garry Flitcroft has revealed why he turned down Leeds United.New Sheffield United signing Garry Flitcroft has revealed why he moved to Bramall Lane over Leeds United.
The 33-year-old ended his Blackburn Rovers career of nearly 10 years by joining The Blades on a free transfer and signing an 18-month contract on Thursday.
The former Manchester City player became the subject of interest from both Neil Warnock's side and Kevin Blackwell's Leeds, but Flitcroft admitted he joined The Blades because he felt they had 'more ammunition' to gain promotion.
"I could have joined Leeds United, but I felt that Sheffield United had more ammunition to get up this season," Flitcroft told the Yorkshire Post.
"It was close and I had long talks with Leeds because Sam Ellis (the assistant manager) is a good friend who put me on the road to my career when I was at Manchester City.
"I felt indebted to listen to what Leeds had to say. They could have come up with anything, but I still wanted to go with the lads at Sheffield United."
The veteran felt he needed a fresh start by making the move across the Pennines to the South Yorkshire club.
"Managers bring in new signings and when you pay £3 million for a player like Robbie Savage, you have got play him," Flitcroft added.
"I have still got a lot of respect for Mark Hughes as a manager, but that move froze me out a little bit.
"There are no hard feelings and the future of the club is in good hands. My challenge now is to help Sheffield United get back in The Premiership."
Meanwhile, Warnock believes he made a more than fair offer for Cardiff City striker Cameron Jerome.
The Bramall Lane boss is keen to sign a new striker during the January transfer window, but he may look elsewhere after The Bluebirds rebuffed their second offer for Jerome.
Despite Ninian Park owner Sam Hammam reportedly calling The Blades 'a little club', Warnock stands by United's valuation for Jerome.
"We felt that £1.5 million, plus £500,000 more if we are promoted, is more than he is worth," Warnock told the club's official website.
"I understand Sam has to look after his club, but others at Cardiff thought it was a good fee.
"If he is talking £3 to 5 million, then he is in cloud cuckoo land. I can't see any Premiership clubs paying that.
"We do need an extra striker and we will try and get someone before the transfer window closes, we are making offers and hope they come to fruition."