Blades talks on new Fleck loan bid

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has confirmed his interest in Glasgow Rangers’ John Fleck.

Speaking after yesterday’s 3-2 defeat at Carlisle, Wilson revealed discussions aimed at bringing the midfielder to Bramall Lane will continue later this week following his counterpart Ally McCoist’s admission that the youngster could benefit from leaving Ibrox on loan.

Together with his Rangers team mate Kyle Hutton, Fleck was on the verge of joining United last year only for the move to be quashed by the Football League.

Wilson told The Star: “John is a player we’ve identified. We’ve spoken with Rangers but it’s not a done deal yet and we’re not the only club in for him either.

“Hopefully the fact that we were in for him a while ago will put us in the box seat. You’d like to think so anyway.

“But really, it’s a case of waiting to see exactly what Rangers want to do.

“If they decide to sell him then we’ll be out of the market but if it’s a loan then - yes - it’s something we’d like to do.”

Wilson made his first acquisition of the transfer window before the visit to Brunton Park when former loanee Marcus Williams arrived on a permanent basis from Reading.

Insisting that “no offers” have so far been received for members of United’s squad, Wilson added: “Our priority now is goals because, even though we’ve got some really good options up there, it’s the teams who enter the second half of the season with the biggest threat going forward who tend to do well.”

United striker Ched Evans took his tally for the season to 16 with a well-taken brace at Carlisle.

But the visitors, who hit the woodwork three times during an absorbing contest, saw their eight match winning streak grind to a halt when Jon-Paul McGovern pounced in the second-half.

Wilson said: “The reaction of the fans tells you everything. Our supporters gave the boys a standing ovation even though they’d lost so you know from that they put everything in.

“On another day we’d have come way with at least something. Yes, we are disappointed with two of the goals we gave away even though one of them should have been offside.

“But, performance wise, I thought the lads did well.”