Wilder pre­pares new Cash bid af­ter For­est re­ject £10m of­fer

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Total Football - Ex­clu­sive By John Percy

Sh­effield United have had a £10 mil­lion of­fer for Not­ting­ham For­est de­fender Matty Cash re­jected by the Cham­pi­onship club.

United man­ager Chris Wilder is of­fer­ing Cash, 22, a route to the Premier League and tabled the of­fer, ahead of West Ham United and Southamp­ton, for one of For­est’s stand­out play­ers who has suc­cess­fully made the switch from mid­field to right-back.

For­est are re­luc­tantly pre­par­ing to sell at least one of their cov­eted young stars this sum­mer to en­sure they con­tinue to com­ply with the English Foot­ball League’s prof­itabil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity rules, af­ter miss­ing out on the Cham­pi­onship play-offs.

Cash is at­tract­ing se­ri­ous in­ter­est from the Premier League and it is un­der­stood Sh­effield United’s open­ing of­fer was turned down at the week­end.

Wilder is ex­pected to re­turn with an im­proved bid, while West Ham and Southamp­ton are also set to sub­mit of­fers for the For­est academy prod­uct. For­est had pre­vi­ously re­jected a £12 mil­lion of­fer from West Ham dur­ing Jan­uary’s trans­fer win­dow.

The Daily Tele­graph un­der­stands For­est will ac­cept of­fers of around £15mil­lion, af­ter in­stal­ments, and it seems in­evitable that Cash will be leav­ing the City Ground fol­low­ing the club’s re­mark­able im­plo­sion at the end of the sea­son.

Man­ager Sabri Lamouchi will be given funds to strengthen the squad if he sur­vives a post-sea­son in­quest af­ter the club missed out on a play­off place on goal dif­fer­ence on the fi­nal day of the campaign. It is ex­pected that he will re­main in charge for a se­cond sea­son.

Evan­ge­los Mari­nakis, the For­est owner, re­mains fully com­mit­ted to the club af­ter three years at the helm but was fu­ri­ous af­ter the 4-1 home de­feat by Stoke, which squeezed them out of the top six.

Other changes are ex­pected with the squad, with the fu­ture of Ben Wat­son un­cer­tain as he is now a free agent.

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