Sheffield United: Blades win Jose battle

Oldham Athletic's Jose Baxter is fouled by MK Dons' Ryan Harley during the npower Football League One match at Boundary Park, Oldham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 9, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Oldham. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Oldham Athletic's Jose Baxter is fouled by MK Dons' Ryan Harley during the npower Football League One match at Boundary Park, Oldham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 9, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Oldham. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
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Sheffield United beat-off competition from two other clubs, believed to be Doncaster Rovers and Peterborough, to win the battle for Jose Baxter’s signature.

The former Oldham Athletic midfielder is expected to make his debut for David Weir’s side against MK Dons tomorrow after putting pen to paper on a three year contract at Bramall Lane.

As The Star revealed yesterday, Weir had made Baxter one of his top priorities in the transfer market after receiving the green light to strengthen United’s first team squad before Monday’s deadline for permanent signings.

Although the size of the fee the 21-year-old commanded officially remains undisclosed, United are understood to have paid an initial £300,000 to secure his release from Boundary Park.

“Jose is a player who will get the fans off their seats and I am delighted he has chosen to come to Sheffield United,” Weir, previously of Everton and Glasgow Rangers, said. “I have worked with Jose before (at Goodison Park) and know what he can do.

“So I want to thank the club for making this move happen.”

The deal to acquire Baxter is the first of several Weir hopes to complete after receiving permission to bolster the options at his disposal from United’s board.

An inquiry was lodged with Coventry City about Callum Wilson’s availability earlier this week while Stoke’s Florent Cuvelier also features prominently on Weir’s wish list. Steven Pressley, Weir’s counterpart at City, responded by insisting that only a “ridiculous” offer would persuade him to part company with the centre-forward.

However, sources in the Midlands claim their off-the-field problems could soften that stance during the closing stages of the transfer window.

United are also expected to announce they have parted company with Danny Higginbotham later today. Talks with the defender, who interests Chester, have been on-going for the past 72 hours.