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