Potters reject Blades bid
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheffield United tried to sign Stoke captain Michael Duberry, The Potters revealed.
Sheffield United tried to sign Stoke captain Michael Duberry, The Potters revealed on Friday.
Neil Warnock's promotion chasers ended their search for a new defender when they signed Chris Lucketti from Preston earlier this week.
But Potters director of football John Rudge claims United had put Duberry at the top of their wanted list only for the Midlands outfit to flatly reject The Blades' proposal.
Rudge also confirmed that manager Johan Boskamp views Duberry as an indispensable member of his first team.
"Neil Warnock was looking for a centre half and Michael fitted the bill," said Rudge.
"We received the enquiry a couple of weeks ago, and it received the response it deserved.
"Michael is an important part of the team, and we are not looking to sell him."
Meanwhile, Stoke have also rejected several loan offers for promising defender Andy Wilkinson.
The 21-year-old's progress has been hit by a knee injury this season but Wilkinson revealed Boskamp is eager to hand him a first team opportunity.
"I've had a few clubs come in for me on loan but the manager won't let me go," said Wilkinson.
"He wants me to stay and push for a first team place and that's what'll happen."