Agent warning as Blades push for Grav deal

Thomas Gravesen’s agent insists the Celtic midfielder must not lose out financially in any loan deal after Sheffield United confirmed they remain keen to sign the Denmark star.

Thomas Gravesen’s agent insists the Celtic midfielder must not lose out financially in any loan deal after Sheffield United confirmed they remain keen to sign the Denmark star.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has stated he is content for Gravesen to stay at the club, even though the 31-year-old looks set to be a fringe player in the coming season.

Considering Gravesen is in the top bracket of earners at the club, that situation is not ideal though and United boss Bryan Robson is not backing down in the bid to lure him to Bramall Lane.

According to agent John Sivebaek, himself a former Denmark and Manchester United player, Gravesen has not ruled anything out but would prefer to stay at Celtic.

Blades chairman Kevin McCabe told BBC Radio Sheffield: “We’ve been trying to negotiate terms with Celtic.

“He’s on our list, so now it’s a question of can we conclude terms and does the player want to come to us?”

Gravesen was a marquee signing when he arrived from Real Madrid last August but has not fulfilled expectations and was left out of Strachan’s squad for the Tennent’s Scottish Cup final.

Sivebaek told PA Sport: “The only thing we know is that there has been interest from Sheffield United, but that’s really all we can say for now. It’s too early to say what will happen.

“Money always does come into it and he doesn’t want to lose out. But it’s not only that.

“Thomas wants to stay and fight for his place at Celtic. He has two years left on his contract and he doesn’t want to go somewhere on loan for one year without knowing what happens next.

“He likes the Celtic fans and loves everything about Glasgow. The only problem is he hasn’t been playing often enough.”

Strachan’s recent remarks about Gravesen have been perceived in many quarters as criticism, and Sivebaek is paying close attention to the situation.

“That’s his decision to talk about Thomas and we wouldn’t say anything,” said Sivebaek.

Meanwhile former Celtic target Adam Hammill has joined Southampton on loan from Liverpool.

Strachan had hoped to add the player who did well at Dunfermline last year to his squad.

However Liverpool were reportedly keen for Hammill to join a club where he was likely to be a first-team regular, and he chose the Coca-Cola Championship side, coached by former Hearts boss George Burley.

Burley told www.saintsfc.co.uk: “He is a young player who did very well on loan at Dunfermline last season.

“He has bags of potential and I am very pleased to have got him.”

Saints operations director Lee Hoos added: “We beat off a lot of competition to get Adam both from the Scottish Premier League and from other English clubs in for him.”

Another midfielder, trialist Andrea Capone, could appear for Celtic in tomorrow night’s friendly against Peterborough.

Capone, 26, is a free agent after leaving Cagliari at the end of the Serie A season and if Strachan decides to make him a permanent signing Gravesen stands to fall further down the order.

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