Sheffield United have little to no chance of signing Everton’s Phil Jagielka according to a reports from local journalist Alan Biggs.
Over the last few days there have been reports that the Blades were looking to sign Jagielka, with the bookies soon pricing them as the favourites to get his signature. This excited many of their fans as he had been a club favourite after coming through the club’s academy to become a key player, being one the best players in their season in the Premier League back in 2006. After that year he would leave the club to join Everton, but is still well liked by the fans despite that.
But while many fans couldn’t wait for Jagielka to return home, it appears that this will not be happening. Local journalist Alan Biggs has said while head coach Chris Wilder did ask Everton about Jagielka, it was more of a shot in the dark to see if it could happen. They seemingly received a negative reply with Biggs saying there was no way a move could happen.
It is possible that was Jagielka’s wages that are the stumbling block in this deal. Considering the veteran defender was an England international, it is likely that he is on a fair amount of money at Goodison Park. So while he may have been willing to take a pay cut to make a triumphant return to Bramall Lane, it may not have fitted into the wage budget that Sheffield United are going to go with for their return to the Sky Bet Championship.