Opponents bid to recruit ahead of United clash

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OLDHAM Athletic were last night holding talks with several proposed targets as Paul Dickov looks to bolster his squad ahead of Sheffield United’s visit tomorrow.

With former Chelsea winger Felipe Morais suspended for the League One opener, Josh Parker has been invited to train at Boundary Park after being released by Queens Park Rangers.

The Antigua international was included in the party which travelled to Ashton on Wednesday but has yet to score a league goal in English football despite spells on loan with AFC Wimbledon, Northampton Town and Wycombe Wanderers.

Dickov, who recently admitted defence and midfield feature among his list of priorities, used the match at Hurst Cross to run the rule over a number of trialists although chief executive Alan Hardy later admitted it is “impossible” to predict whether any will agree terms before United’s arrival.

“When I came in last year the squad was too big,” said Dickov. “This year that is not the case. No disrespect to the lads who were here last year .but I think the team picked itself too easily.”

Like Danny Wilson, his counterpart at Bramall Lane, Dickov is also keen to strengthen his options between the posts having been forced to use Josh Ollerenshaw as cover despite initially releasing the youngster.

“This year I want to have quality in competition for places in most positions,” added Dickov.