'He has a price tag of £8m-£10m and that rules us out' - Blades boss Wilder on chase for Waghorn
PUBLISHED: 11:26 20 July 2018
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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has ruled his side out of the race for Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn.
The Blades boss says the Blues have placed a price tag of between £8m and £10m on last season’s top scorer, who found the net 16 times and assisted a further 11 goals following a £250,000 move from Rangers.
Waghorn was linked with the Blades by the Daily Star this morning while the likes of Derby, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest are all said to have shown an interest.
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“Well, listen, he’s another one who has a price tag of £8m-£10m and that rules us out straightaway,” he said during an interview on Sheffield Live.
“That rules us out, any of those numbers.
“I’ve got to make sure I make the right decisions and that we don’t over pay for players and in two to three years time we’re suffering and breaking teams up because we have to.
“We’re ambitious, yeah, and we’ve spent money but what is a player worth? We have to look at the market and basically look at our instincts and knowledge of players and what we feel they are worth.
“I’ve got to say, £8m-£10m for Martyn is a huge number, as is the numbers banded about for the players you’ve already mentioned (Scott Hogan, Aston Villa).”
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Speaking yesterday morning, Ipswich boss Paul Hurst insisted he wants to keep hold of the 28-year-old striker but admitted he could not guarantee he will still be at the club on the opening day of the season.
“I’m not here to try and fool anyone, I never do, because there is interest there – firm interest,” he said
“I’ve said to Martyn I would like him to stay at the football club and we’ll see how that unfolds.
“I’d love to be able to say to you and the listeners 100% that Martyn Waghorn will be in the team against Blackburn but I can’t honestly say that.
“But at the minute I don’t think we are close to meeting the valuation for the player and, really, I’d like him here.”