Sheffield United: Boss compiles list of potential targets

David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, has vowed to adopt a methodical approach in the transfer market after taking charge at Bramall Lane � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, has vowed to adopt a methodical approach in the transfer market after taking charge at Bramall Lane � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Sheffield United manager David Weir has confirmed the club are exploring several lines of enquiry in the transfer market, writes James Shield.

But the former Scotland international, who saw Kevin McDonald join League One rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this month, indicated new arrivals are unlikely to arrive before Saturday’s visit to Bradford City.

A midfield playmaker is understood to be Weir’s immediate priority, closely followed by a new centre-forward.

“We are continuing to assess things,” he said. “But we’re not close.

“We’re always looking in every area, seeing who is available and what we might need. But it’s an on-going process, not something we start doing whenever someone goes.”

Meanwhile, United defender Ioan Evans was on target for Wales under-17’s in their friendly victory over Malta earlier this week. The two teams complete their double-header at Dragons Park, Newport, today as preparations for next month’s UEFA Championship qualifiers gather pace.

Bolton Wanderers William Abbotts, Joe Morrell of Bristol City and Coventry City’s George Thomas also scored during Tuesday’s 4-0 rout. Evans could feature for United’s under-18’s when they continue their Professional Development League Two North campaign at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Phil Parkinson, Weir’s counterpart at Valley Parade, has confirmed Mark Yeates should be fit to face his former club. Yeates has not trained since having an injection in his knee.

Parkinson also reiterated centre-forward James Hanson remains a doubt after fracturing his hand. However, Newcastle’s Haris Vuckic could be poised to bolster City’s attacking options after spending the past three days at their training complex.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1