Sheffield United have made a bid for Charlton Athletic’s Ricky Holmes that matched their original valuation of the player only to have that bid rejected according to a report from the Sheffield Star.

The Blades have been interested in signing Holmes since the start of the summer but have had trouble trying to get him to Bramall Lane. Even though some reports have suggested that the 30-year-old forward wants the move to United so he can test himself in the Sky Bet Championship as well as reunite with former head coach Chris Wilder, Charlton have been keen to show they will not sell their best players as they look to launch a promotion bid from Sky Bet League One.

And it appears that Charlton have been messing Sheffield United around as the Blades pushed to sign Holmes. When Sheffield United made contract with the Addicks to see how much the former Northampton Town would cost, they were a £400K would activate a clause in his contract which meant Charlton would have to accept the offer. United then responded thinking that was fair enough and made an offer worth that amount. But despite all of that, Charlton did end up turning down the offer so United have no idea where they are with the deal.

Seemingly because of that confusion, United will be dropping out of the race to sign Holmes and instead will pursue other targets. So while these were unconventional means to do so, it seems like Charlton have achieved their aim of keeping one of their top players.

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