Blades star McDonald in talks with Wolves

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SHEFFIELD UNITED were last night waiting to hear whether Kevin McDonald wants to stay after the midfielder spent yesterday locked in talks with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Midlands club lodged a bid earlier this week to trigger a release clause in the two-year contract that the Scot signed in the summer of 2012.

McDonald travelled to Wolverhampton but it is far from certain that he will leave the Lane.

Manager David Weir hopes McDonald stays after making the Scot an integral part of the 
4-2-3-1 formation that United lined up with in the 2-1 victory over Notts County.

He said: “Obviously, we are aware of the situation with Kevin going to speak to them. We couldn’t really stop that. It would be a blow to lose him, you can’t get away from that.

“To lose him or lose any of our players would be disappointing as we have assembled a decent squad.

“But we will see what develops, there is still a bit of water to go under the bridge.”

Weir has been given a verbal assurance from the former Burnley midfielder that he will speak to the Blades before committing his future elsewhere.

If the Scot joins Wolves, he will become Kenny Jackett’s second signing of the summer after earlier capturing former Hull City defender Sam Ricketts.

Along with waiting to discover McDonald’s plans, the United manager is also planning for one of the toughest assignments of the season – today’s trip to Griffin Park.

Brentford came within a missed penalty of winning automatic promotion last season and seem certain to be among the clubs chasing a place in the top six this time around.

The Blades will be keen to bounce back from Tuesday’s disappointing Capital One Cup first-round defeat to Burton Albion at Bramall Lane.

Weir, who is sweating on the fitness of Lyle Taylor, said: “There is definitely a hangover because you don’t want to get beaten in any game. But we are over it now and have moved on.

“We have addressed what we can do better and what we did well. We are really positive going into this game. Brentford have quality and will be up there all season.”