James Beattie has revealed he was sold to Stoke "for financial reasons" and Blades manager Kevin Blackwell was "desperate" to keep him at Bramall Lane.
Beattie scored 34 goals in 65 appearances for promotion-chasing Sheffield United, but this week signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Potters for a fee which could rise to £3.5million.
The former Southampton and Everton forward said: "Kevin Blackwell and Sam Ellis at Sheffield United were desperate to keep me, but the club wanted me out for financial reasons and nailed their colours to the mast on that one."
The Blades, who paid a club record £4million for the 30-year-old in August 2007, will no longer receive parachute payments from the Premier League next summer and Beattie's reported £30,000-a-week wages would account for "35% of projected budget".
Beattie added: "I was down here last Thursday, but it didn't happen last week because there were just a couple of minor things we needed to sort out.
"I thought I would test the waters and it was clear they wanted me out for financial reasons."
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