Blades manager closes on Reading defender in time for Terriers test

Embrace: Iron boss Alan Knill worked with Quinn at Rotherham                        PICTURE STEVE PARKIN
Embrace: Iron boss Alan Knill worked with Quinn at Rotherham PICTURE STEVE PARKIN
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SHEFFIELD United, who last night unveiled Julian Winter as their new chief executive, are holding talks with a number of potential signings ahead of this evening’s visit of Huddersfield Town.

Marcus Williams is understood to be Danny Wilson’s preferred choice to bolster a defence which, by the manager’s own admission, needs to be re-inforced during the emergency loan window.

But United have also approached several would-be alternatives should the Reading full-back prove elusive.

With Lecsinel Jean-Francois suspended, Wilson hopes to conclude a deal before the arrival of Lee Clark’s side.

Williams has been made available for transfer after failing to feature for the Championship club this season.

If, as expected, the Doncaster-born full-back is recruited in time to face Town, then he will join the likes of Stephen Quinn and Richard Cresswell in United’s starting 11.

United climbed to the top of League One when they drew with Scunthorpe at the weekend while their opponents are fifth following a 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.

Quinn worked with Alan Knill, now manager at Glanford Park, during a loan spell at Rotherham.

“We’ve not picked up new injuries,” assistant manager Frank Barlow said. “Which is a blessing.”

Winter, who was on United’s books as a player, previously held the same role at Watford. Aged 46, he has also worked for Sheffield Wednesday.

“Danny has got the team off to a terrific start,” Winter said. “I’ll be looking to help him all I can.”