SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades plot raid on rivals

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SHEFFIELD United are ready to plunder their League One rivals as manager Danny Wilson prepares to revamp his squad.

Wilson, who has also asked scouts to compile a dossier of Scotland’s best available players, is understood to have identified these two markets as being potentially rich sources of new talent during a recent review of the Blades’ transfer policy.

United could choose to press ahead with their bid to bring Hibernian youngster David Wotherspoon to Bramall Lane later this week with Wycombe Wanderers centre-forward Stuart Beavon and Ben Parker, previously of Leeds, known to be viewed as another possible acquisition.

“There are lots of good footballers playing at this level,” a source told The Star last night. “We’ve seen that all the way through last season.

“There are people who are more than capable of playing at a higher level and who would view joining us as a move in the right direction in terms of their careers.

“They know all about the challenges in this division and the qualities you have to show to succeed in it.”

“All the way through last season we were compiling names who could fit in and bring something to the table here,” the source added.

“It was an on-going process that has carried on during the close season, too.

“In the past it might have been the case that we’ve looked towards different areas for new players.

“Although nothing can ever be ruled-out these are two areas that definitely won’t be ignored now.”

However, United could be forced to wait until Lee Williamson, Kevin McDonald and Chris Porter confirm whether they will accept new contracts before completing the overhaul Wilson has plotted in response to May’s defeat in the League One play-off final.

Elliott Whitehouse, Joe Ironside and other graduates of United’s youth academy at Shirecliffe are also expected to be handed opportunities to establish themselves at senior level.