‘Battle is on’ to keep United starlets

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SHEFFIELD United have promised to try to “fight” off interest in their top performers during the January transfer window.

The vultures are circling around Bramall Lane and it is well documented the League One outfit have to reduce their wage bill, believed to be in the region of £15m. A number of clubs in the Championship are thought to be tracking Matthew Lowton, Harry Maguire, Stephen Quinn, Nick Montgomery and Ched Evans.

But boss Danny Wilson has said he does not want to sell any players this month and, if anything, wants to bolster the squad to boost the club’s promotion credentials.

Player-coach Chris Morgan has reiterated Wilson’s defiant stance, saying: “We have got players who people will be interested in but we will do our best to fight all that off.”

Morgan, who refuses to rule out returning to action before the end of the 2012/13 season, added: “I’m sure the manager will work hard to bring a few fresh faces in to make sure we are strong body wise. If we can keep the squad together and maybe add a few, it will only help us.”

Wilson has already swooped to sign Marcus Williams on a permanent basis since the transfer market reopened.