Double aim for Blades

SHEFFIELD United manager Micky Adams hopes to make two more signings before the transfer window closes next week.

Speaking after Saturday's controversial defeat by Norwich City, which saw his team remain 21st in the npower Championship table, Adams confirmed he wants to inject more experience into his youthful squad.

As The Star exclusively revealed before that match, Michael Doyle features among United's list of targets with sources in the Midlands last night suggesting that the Coventry City midfielder has been given the green light to discuss the possibility of moving north.

"We think there might be another couple of additions," Adams said. "Hopefully at least one before the Leicester game. We're looking to strengthen in all areas."

Although Adams, who has captured Marcus Bent, Joe Mattock and Shane Lowry on temporary deals since taking charge five games ago, reserved the right to re-enter the loan market, he also revealed United want to make at least one permanent acquisition before Sven Goran Eriksson's side visit Bramall Lane on February 1.

Once again, the former Port Vale chief refused to shed any light on players under consideration but Doyle, who worked with Adams during a two year spell in Warwickshire earlier in his career, is among those options being explored.

United have also been linked with Kilmarnock's Alexei Eremenko and Heart of Midlothian's Ismael Bouzid.

Eremenko has attracted an army of admirers since arriving at Rugby Park but his 1m price tag could prove prohibitive for a club looking to keep a tight grip on its finances.

United's combative display against Norwich went unrewarded as two goals from Andrew Crofts, either side of Ched Evans' equaliser, left them a point above the relegation zone.

But Adams claimed, with plenty of justification, that both of Crofts' efforts should have been disallowed.

"Whenever you join a club in bottom four or bottom five it's always hard work," he said. "But the one thing they'll get from me is someone who won't panic or crumble."

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