Report: Manager insists reported Spurs target is going nowhere

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Dom Le Roy

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has ruled out the prospect of defender Jack O’Connell being sold this month.

The 25-year-old has been outstanding at the heart of the Blades defence and has been one of the key reasons behind their impressive defensive record this season.

The Sunday People (19/1; page 49) reported at the weekend that Spurs want O’Connell this month as they seek to bring in defensive reinforcements.

The Lilywhites have had defensive problems since the start of the season and they have persisted under new head coach Jose Mourinho.

While Toby Alderweireld has signed a new long term contract with the club, Jan Vertonghen has looked fragile at times and with his contract running out in the summer, Spurs could be in need of a replacement.

However, Wilder has ruled out any chance of O’Connell leaving the Premier League newcomers this month.

When asked about the speculation linking the centre half with a move to North London, the 52-year-old told the Sheffield Star, “Jack has been amazing, he’s going nowhere. Nobody’s going anywhere.

“There’s talk in the papers and I do know at times where it comes from. But we’re protected and the boys are enjoying their football.

“They don’t produce performances like tonight if they don’t want to be here.”

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I don’t believe we need to rush into the market right now and add another centre half. We have enough good options to cope for the rest of the season and I believe we can reassess the situation in the summer. A lot depends on whether Vertonghen receives an extension from the club.

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