Indeed, Wilder made a move for the defender at the end of his first season in charge of the Blades following promotion to the Championship in the summer of 2017 - shortly after Nuno Espirito Santo's appointment as Wolves manager.
Coady spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan with the Blades after being signed by Wilder's predecessor David Weir. He was sold by Liverpool that summer to Huddersfield before joining Wolves a year later.
Ahead of the 27-year-old's return to Bramall Lane on Wednesday when the two clubs meet in the Premier League, Wilder admitted he made an offer for Coady.
"They are well led by their skipper, someone who I really admire and tried to bring to Bramall Lane," said Wilder.
"We tried to get him at the time Nuno landed and we were hoping he would try to sign a Portuguese centre-half, as they are the players who he knows well.
"But the boy from Liverpool, he carries himself so well and is a great captain."