Man Utd transfer target makes defiant statement on future after Sir Jim Ratcliffe meetings

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has been linked with a Man Utd transfer (Image: Getty)

Manchester United have been sent back to the drawing board after reported target Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall insisted he has no plans to leave promoted Leicester. Sir Jim Ratcliffe is said to have ‘name-dropped’ the Foxes midfielder during discussions with the recruitment team at Old Trafford.

Dewsbury-Hall has emerged as one of the Championship’s best players this season. The 25-year-old has scored 12 goals and provided a further 14 assists for a Leicester side who have already clinched promotion to the Premier League and the Championship title with a game to spare.

His form has intensified speculation that a big Premier League team may pursue a summer transfer. Leicester have reportedly quoted £45m and rejected a £20m approach from Brighton in January. United have been credited with an interest.

However, Dewsbury-Hall is intent on remaining with his boyhood club and helping them stay in the top-flight next season. After receiving the Men’s Player and Players’ Player of the Season awards at the club’s prize-giving ceremony on Tuesday, he said: “I’ve been at this club since I was 8 years old. I’ve got no intention of leaving.”

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe has reportedly raised Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s name during transfer meetings (Image: Getty)

Speaking about Leicester’s season, in which they could still claim 100 points, Dewsbury-Hall added: “I couldn’t really have asked for much more. I set myself goals at the start of the season, the main one being to win the Championship.

“I’m so, so happy that I’ve managed to have a positive impact on the season and come away with a bit of silverware. It’s the best feeling in the world because you never know when you can get stuff like that.

“[The awards] mean an awful lot. To be recognised by the players and the fans – the people that are with you every day and the people that watch every game – you can’t really ask for much more as a player.

“It makes me bursting with pride when I sit down and think about that. It shows you that your hard work and determination is appreciated and that’s all you can ever ask for as a footballer. The fact that I’ve got that, I’m so, so proud.”

According to 90min, Ratcliffe mentioned Dewsbury-Hall among a list of other potential signings during a meeting with United’s recruitment team. It is reportedly felt that the former Luton loanee would add high value and versatility in United’s midfield.

United are expected to be planning for a busy summer transfer window. INEOS are set for a major overhaul both on and off the pitch, with a wave of changes to be made to the playing squad and staffing hierarchy.