Blades draw a blank in hunt for defender

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SHEFFIELD United have been scouring the transfer market for defensive reinforcements ahead of today’s Yorkshire derby with Leeds at Bramall Lane.

But Micky Adams admitted last night that it is “unlikely” a new face will be installed in time for the match against Simon Grayson’s side.

Revealing “a couple of approaches” have already been made to potential targets, the United manager said: “We asked about one or two earlier this week but unfortunately got the knock-back from a couple of clubs.

“We’re still looking. We’re always on the lookout in fact.

“I’d think it unlikely though that anyone will be in (for the visit of Leeds) by then.”

With Matthew Lowton and Johannes Ertl sustaining injuries during Tuesday’s league victory over Nottingham Forest – the latter could shortly be ruled out for the rest of the season – United’s defensive resources are once again stretched.

But his comments also suggest that Adams is fast losing patience with the sheer volume of preventable goals his team have conceded in recent weeks, a situation undermining their bid for Championship survival.

United enter this afternoon’s contest 23rd in the table, 18 places and 29 points behind their opponents who are fifth.

Meanwhile, Grayson has revealed why he sold Neill Collins to United less than a year after signing him from Preston North End. The Scot was a fixture in the visitors’ starting 11 earlier this term but Leeds are believed to secured a sum in excess of the one they paid to Deepdale when they allowed him to move to Bramall Lane.

Grayson said: “We just felt that it was a good offer and it gave us the opportunity to bring one or two players in off the back of that deal. He’d gone out of the team so I told him that someone had come in for him.”