SHEFFIELD United will use the free weekend in their fixture calendar to assess potential transfer targets.
The Championship club return to action when Leicester City visit Bramall Lane on Tuesday with manager Micky Adams confirming last night that he plans to attend at least one match before locking horns with his former employers.
Having signed Coventry midfielder Michael Doyle earlier this week, recruiting an experienced centre-half is now United’s top priority.
With Chris Morgan and Nyron Nosworthy ruled out through injury, Adams wants to strengthen a back four whose average age was just 20.5 years during the recent meeting with Norwich.
He said: “I’ll be out watching games. I’m a football manager and that’s what we do.
“We know what we want and we’ve been looking at that. It’s a case of waiting to see what happens.
“There hasn’t been any major movement on that front. But things can quickly change.”
Sven Goran Eriksson, Adams’ opposite number at The Walkers Stadium, yesterday fell victim to English football’s fast-changing market when Aston Villa’s Curtis Davies, who the Swede had hoped would return to Leicester on loan, appeared set to join Birmingham instead.
Gerard Houllier, the Villa manager, said: “He is on his way out to Birmingham. He had the option to go to Leicester or to Birmingham and he has opted for Birmingham.
“He is a nice lad but, as you know, we have four centre-backs in James Collins, Richard Dunne, Carlos Cuellar and Ciaran Clark. He was not getting enough time to play. I understand that.”
Meanwhile, former United full-back Kyle Walker could be on the verge of a senior England call-up after Fabio Capello revealed he is monitoring his progress with Houllier’s squad
Walker, who is on loan at Villa, joined Spurs in 2009, but The Star understands United are not due an extra payment if he is selected.