SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades close in on Darryl

Sheffield United Players report back for training  at  Shirecliffe
Sheffield United Players report back for training at Shirecliffe
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SHEFFIELD United were last night locked in negotiations with Walsall aimed at securing Darryl Westlake’s release from the Banks’s Stadium.

Danny Wilson, the United manager, is understood to have identified Westlake as a potential replacement for Matthew Lowton.

Officials at Bramall Lane refused to comment on the matter yesterday.

But sources in the Midlands indicated talks with Westlake and his representative have been complicated by the fact that Walsall are entitled to compensation should the 21-year-old move to Bramall Lane.

The Star understands they recouped around £75,000 when goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin joined Watford in 2010.

John Stephenson, United’s head of recruitment, was still working at Vicarage Road when striker Troy Deeney also swapped the West Midlands for Hertfordshire several weeks later.

Wilson has confirmed “a centre-forward, centre-half and full-back” are his top priorities in the transfer market.