Newcastle transfer blow as Sheffield Utd ace Sander Berge wants to get Blades promoted and stay until end of NEXT season | The Sun

SANDER BERGE will see out his deal with Sheffield United and become a free agent at the end of NEXT season.

The Norway ace, 24, was linked with several Premier League clubs last week but now hopes to take Blades up and become a highly desired target.

Sheffield United are flying high in the Championship this season and are on course for an automatic promotion finish.

The Blades are seven points behind league leaders Burnley but ten ahead of third-place Middlesbrough.

Paul Heckingbottom's men avoided defeat in their last outing against Rotherham.

The two sides played out a goalless draw at the New York Stadium.

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Newcastle and Fulham were two teams plotting a mid-season transfer for Berge last month.

A fee of around £20million was touted for the midfielder.

But with promotion on the cards, in a blow to Newcastle and Co, Berge is likely to see out his contract which runs until the summer of 2024, SunSport understands.

That will likely give the player a season in the top flight to wow potential suitors.

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Ahead of Rotherham, manager Heckingbottom expressed his delight that Berge stayed put.

He said: "There was interest and bids and I know they (Berge and Ndiaye) could have been sold, but they weren't.

"I said all along at Wrexham that Sander wasn't there because there was speculation.

‘I was still hopeful he wouldn't go. I didn't want him to go and Sander is comfortable.

"Sander is delighted he is still here. I am pleased and grateful we have kept the players."

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