The Star, Sheffield has reported that Sheffield United look set to miss out on signing their main transfer target Ricky Holmes from Charlton Athletic.
The midfielder has now signed a three-year deal with the Addicks which will mean that he could be staying in London until 2020.
Sheffield United have seen two bids rebuffed for the midfielder in this transfer window and have failed to agree on a deal for Charlton’s player-of-last-season.
Charlton have been incredibly reluctant to let one of their star players leave the club and Charlton boss Karl Robinson has been adamant throughout the transfer window that the winger would remain at the Valley and play for the club next season.
The Star, Sheffield reports that Robinson said:
“The board were very clear, and I was clear to them, that Ricky Holmes was not for sale.” he said.
“He wanted to be here.
“I understood that there were worries about the rumours, but it was clear to see that he was happy, but it’s great news.
“I’m happy for him, for the club and for the fans, because they’ve got their man who they wanted to stay.
The midfielder has enjoyed an impressive year at the Valley, scoring 13 goals in 41 games since moving from Northampton Town. The 30-year-old managed to achieve a similar goalscoring fear in his team at Sixfields, scoring 14 goals in 41 games for Northampton which
Given the fact that Holmes played under Chris Wilder at Northampton Town, the Blades’ manager had hoped he could lure the winger to Bramall Lane but it appears the man who Charlton signed for £125,000 will be staying at the Valley for the foreseeable future.