Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has confirmed that defender John Brayford has been made available for transfer. Following discussions, it was agreed that he would be transfer listed, with Wilder stating ‘I don’t see him as part of our plans’.
It is likely that Brayford will be heavily linked with a permanent switch to Burton Albion, where he spent last season out on loan. He played 34 times for the Brewers as they defied the odds to escape relegation. Sheffield United would be happy for him to depart if the price is right.
The 29-year-old made the move to Bramall Lane in 2015 following a successful loan spell from Cardiff City. It is believed the Blades paid £2million for his services, but Nigel Clough is clearly a manager that has got the best out of him. Wilder believes it is right for him to move on,
“I’ve spoken to John and he understands he’s available for transfer.
“We have continued dialogue with all the players, both those in and out of the team.
“John played his football away from Bramall Lane last season and did well. But we are trying to strengthen in that area and I don’t see him as part of the plans.
“He is our player though and if he doesn’t move on then he will remain in the building and be treated properly as a Sheffield United player.”
The red side of Sheffield are believed to be hoping to complete a permanent switch for Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell. He impressed on loan last season as the club won the Sky Bet League One title. His addition would further push Brayford down the pecking order, meaning it looks to be in his best interests to leave this summer.