Warnock must wait for Jerome

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Neil Warnock is being forced to play a waiting game in his bid to bring Cardiff striker Cameron Jerome to Sheffield United.

Warnock is keen to bolster his promotion-chasing squad as soon as possible and, after having his original £1.2 million bid for Jerome turned down, he has returned with an offer worth £2m.

However, The Bluebirds are believed to be holding out for £3m for the 19-year-old, who has been a huge hit in The Championship this season, attracting further interest from Sunderland and Norwich.

The Blades would like to pair Jerome with Steve Kabba, who agreed a new contract last week, when they face Ipswich at Portman Road on Saturday.

"Clubs just don't want to rush into sales," Warnock told the Sheffield Star newspaper.

"I had hoped to get at least one person in before our game there but it seems that won't be the case now. We'll probably have to wait a little bit longer but you never know.

"Obviously we'd prefer that clubs would do business now but I suppose you can understand their reasons for not doing so.

"They'll be waiting to see if other people come in, if they can squeeze out interest elsewhere. But we have our plans in place."

United are believed to have offered a down payment of £1.5m for Jerome, with a further £500,000 in add-ons should they reach The Premiership.