SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades hope to hang on to star Stephen Quinn

Speculation: Stephen Quinn may be a target.     Picture: martyn harrison
Speculation: Stephen Quinn may be a target. Picture: martyn harrison
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DANNY Wilson will be holding his breath as tomorrow’s transfer window deadline draws closer.

The major speculation obviously surrounds midfielder Stephen Quinn, a player the Sheffield United manager says he expects to lose but is desperate to keep.

The improvement of Quinn’s game has led to the constant speculation that he could be the next out of the door at Bramall Lane although, interestingly, Wilson said he has not fielded any inquiries.

He will be hoping that continues although knows how things can change quickly, even in the final hours - no doubt recalling the 11th hour departure of Jordan Slew a year ago to Blackburn Rovers.

At the time many reckoned the young striker would have been better suited staying on at United and developing further at the club, quite possibly with some first team appearances.

He is currently back in League One on loan at Oldham Athletic.

Wilson would love nothing better than naming Quinn in his line-up for Saturday’s home game with Bournemouth, particularly as the little midfielder has the capacity to unlock opposition defences.

Bournemouth will arrive with a record of being hard to beat and their manager Paul Groves, one-time Grimsby player, says such a description is fine by him.

“If people say that about us then that’s ok because making yourself difficult to beat is first thing you want,” he says.

“We have shown work ethic and a lot of determination and now we need those qualities on a regular basis particularly against a side like Sheffield United who everybody knows what they are capable of.”

Former Blades loanee goalkeeper Mark Bunn has joined Norwich City from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old joined the Blades for the 2009/10 season and played regularly before being recalled early by Blackburn in March. He made 35 appearances for the Blades.