Sheffield United: Blades ponder their next move

Dean Hammond is expected to remain at Bramall Lane �2015 Sport Image all rights reserved

Dean Hammond is expected to remain at Bramall Lane �2015 Sport Image all rights reserved

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Sheffield United are considering whether to launch a third bid for Dan Burn.

Nigel Adkins has failed with two previous attempts to sign the Fulham defender but could test the Championship club’s resolve again following Slaviša Jokanović’s recent appointment.

Nigel Adkins is a confirmed admirer of Dan Burn

Nigel Adkins is a confirmed admirer of Dan Burn

Although Burn has regained his starting role at Craven Cottage, appearing in Fulham’s last five games, United will submit another approach if the Serb decides to make changes before next month’s transfer deadline.

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Despite acknowledging that he must trim the options at his disposal, Adkins told The Star earlier this week that he hoped to make “a couple” of signings with defence and attack thought to be priorities. The 50-year-old, whose side is preparing for Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against Manchester United, would prefer to recruit experienced professionals following its chequered start to the season.

Marc McNulty’s loan at Portsmouth was renewed three days ago while Terry Kennedy is believed to interest Shrewsbury Town after completing a similar spell with Cambridge United. Negotiations aimed at retaining Dean Hammond’s services are also taking place behind the scenes with the midfielder’s parent club Leicester City set to allow him to remain in South Yorkshire. Hammond has entered the closing stages of his contract at the KP Stadium and has already expressed a desire to stay put.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin impressed on loan at Northampton Town � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Dominic Calvert-Lewin impressed on loan at Northampton Town � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

United were on the brink of capturing Burn during the summer transfer window only for red tape - Fulham wanted to secure a replacement first - to scupper the deal. A compromise agreement was reached which would have seen him head north on emergency loan but Jokanović’s predecessor Kit Symons later blocked the move due to an injury crisis.

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