SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades goal mission

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has ordered his team to go for broke in their bid to win promotion.

Wilson, who has made an approach for Blackburn Rovers striker Nick Blackman, told The Star that attacking power will decide the battle for Championship football next season.

“Goals are the key to everything,” he said. “If you can’t score then you don’t win. It’s as simple as that. The more we have in our locker the better. It’s something we can never take for granted.”

Acknowledging his interest in Blackman, Wilson added: “We’ve made an enquiry but that’s as far as it’s gone.

“I’m not going to say any more at this stage because he’s not our player so that wouldn’t be right and proper.”

Blackman, aged 22, first attracted Wilson’s attention during loan spells with Motherwell and Aberdeen last year.

The United manager has established a comprehensive scouting network north of the border and has monitored the Salford-born marksman ever since.

Having initially lured him to Motherwell, Craig Brown captured Blackman again after taking charge at Pittodrie.

The former Scotland chief, who described the youngster as having “pace to burn and a wonderful left foot”, could be tempted to bid for his services again, although sources close to Rovers report Blackman would prefer another club in England.

Wilson, who recently praised United’s directors for allowing him to recruit the likes of John Cofie and Tony McMahon despite a cost-cutting drive, acknowledged more high-profile names could follow Matthew Lowton through the exit door.

However, Wilson has confirmed no offers have been received for the likes of Stephen Quinn or Nick Montgomery.

Blackman scored against United during another loan spell, with Blackpool, in 2010.

United play at Hallam tonight.