Sheffield United: Blades stars could be sold

Goalkeeper George Long has caught the eye since breaking into Sheffield United's starting line-up. Picture: Martyn Harrison.

Goalkeeper George Long has caught the eye since breaking into Sheffield United's starting line-up. Picture: Martyn Harrison.

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Sheffield United manager David Weir has not ruled out selling the club’s best players if the price is right.

Teenage goalkeeper George Long and central defender Harry Maguire, two graduate’s of United’s Shirecliffe youth system, have their admirers in the top two divisions of English football.

The duo featured prominently last term as the League One outfit lost in the play-offs for the second year in a row.

Former Everton and Glasgow Rangers defender Weir, beginning his first management job, has admitted there is a “possibility” some players will leave Bramall Lane to ease their financial situation before the start of the new season.

But he has told The Star they have yet to receive any inquiries from other clubs regarding their prized assets.

“Every club is in the same situation,” said Weir, who has scotched reports linking him with Watford midfielder John Eustace. “If the right transfer bid comes in, it will have to be discussed. We will have to deal with that if it happens.”

Weir has placed home-grown talent at the heart of his plans to revive United’s fortunes.

Despite the budgetary constraints at United, the 43-year-old brought in a quartet of players last Tuesday, their ages ranging from 18 to 24.

He has spoken of his desire to bring in further reinforcements but has stressed he will not bring in new faces for the sake of it.

“As a manager, you are always looking,” he said. “That’s the nature of the job. You have always got to be looking to improve your side.

“I would like to bring in more players but I understand the constraints here. We are not really close to bringing anyone else in.”

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