SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades close in on triple signing

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SHEFFIELD United are close to making a major breakthrough in the transfer market, manager Danny Wilson has revealed.

Wilson, whose squad return home from Malta this afternoon, told The Star talks with at least three potential targets have reached an advanced stage.

Although Wilson elected not to divulge the identity of those players concerned, he is understood to have made approaches for Crewe Alexandra’s Shaun Miller and fellow striker Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City.

“Hopefully, possibly by the end of next week, we’ll have been able to bring two and perhaps three new faces in,” Wilson said.

“That’s what we are working on now and, fingers crossed, we are able to get something done.

“Listen, it’s no secret that we need to get a few more people on board because we are light in certain areas.

“For instance, we’re still very short at centre-half and that’s a situation we need to rectify.”

Centre-forward John Cofie - captured on a youth loan from Manchester United - and former Walsall full-back Darryl Westlake both joined Wilson’s squad in the Mediterranean after becoming his first close season signings.

Wilson moved for Westlake following Matthew Lowton’s switch to Aston Villa.

“Darryl is a young lad but, in time, he’s definitely got the potential to reach the same levels that Matty did last season,” Wilson added.

“Goals are a massive thing at any club and whether John can provide those - although we are sure that he can - we’ll have to wait and see.

“But what we do know is that with the lads we’ve already got here, if we can push him even more by bringing one and maybe even two more people up there then that’s all well and good.”

Meanwhile, United’s academy director John Pemberton rejected the chance to take charge of Crawley Town for “footballing reasons” according to sources in Sussex.

Pemberton held talks with Crawley’s director for football Steve Coppell on Wednesday after being granted permission to meet United’s League One rivals.