Sheffield United: Blades monitoring move for James Wilson as boss Wilder eyes up defenders

Billy Sharp of Sheffield Utd tussles with James Wilson of Oldham Athletic
Billy Sharp of Sheffield Utd tussles with James Wilson of Oldham Athletic
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Sheffield United are thought to be considering a move for James Wilson as manager Chris Wilder continues his search for defensive reinforcements.

Wilder released ten players soon after succeeding Nigel Adkins as Bramall Lane boss, and has placed three centre-halves at the top of his wish-list ahead of August 6’s League One curtain-raiser at Bolton Wanderers.

As revealed in yesterday’s Star, Wilder has submitted bids for three players, including MK Dons’ Kyle McFadzean, but is thought to have drawn up a shortlist of possibilities should Dons boss Karl Robinson continue to play hardball with the future of the former Blades youngster McFadzean.

Wilson, aged 27, played in the Championship with Bristol City and made his senior Wales debut in a 1-1 draw with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku’s Belgium.

He turned down a new contract at Oldham Athletic and has attracted interest from Shrewsbury Town, Leyton Orient and Rochdale.

“Things are hotting up in the transfer market,” said Wilder, whose side begin their pre-season campaign at Stocksbridge Park Steels this weekend.

“I think by the time we go to Stocksbridge, two or three will have gone out and two or three will have come in.”

United this week reached a settlement agreement with Dean Hammond.