Blades close on Premier League recruit

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MICKY Adams has turned his attention to bolstering Sheffield United’s attack as he presses ahead with strengthening the Championship club’s squad.

Less than a week after bolstering United’s defensive options with the acquisition of West Bromwich Albion’s Joe Mattock and Shane Lowry of Aston Villa on loan, the 49-year-old was last night understood to be locked in talks with another potential Premier League target.

Doubts about the fitness of Richard Cresswell and Mark Yeates, who both featured in United’s squad at Coventry City on Saturday despite recently dislocating shoulders, coupled with the continued absence of Darius Henderson, have prompted Adams to reassess his attacking options.

The United manager refused to rule out the possibility of making more forays into the transfer market ahead of this weekend’s visit of Norwich.

“We are always looking at people who we think might do a job for us,” he told The Star. “That never stops. We’re always seeing who is out there.”

Adams added: “We’re actually speaking to someone from the top flight at the moment. I’m hopeful things might get done within the next 24 hours but the paperwork has yet to be signed off.

“Until that happens, nothing is certain. But fingers crossed.

“They’ve not played a lot of football of late but they are with a Premier League club. We’ll have to see what happens.”

United, who entertain Millwall in the FA Youth Cup tonight (kick-off 7pm), remained 21st in the table following their goalless draw at the Ricoh Arena but stretched their lead over the bottom three to two points.

Speaking after that match, Adams confirmed Henderson’s return to action is not imminent.

“He’s working hard though,” Adams revealed.