Sheffield United boss frustrated at inability to sell players quick enough

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FAILURE to negotiate quick exits for some of their highest earners could see Sheffield United risk missing-out on some of their most important targets in the transfer market, Danny Wilson has warned.

The League One club’s manager made the admission after revealing that at least one potential signing has already opted for a move elsewhere after growing impatient at Bramall Lane’s inability to push through a deal.

Wilson, who recently alluded to the fact that selling Ched Evans is now his number one priority following fellow striker Darius Henderson’s move to Millwall, told The Star: “Players like certainty and that’s what we’re trying to give them.

“You can talk to them and say that you’d like to bring them in but they’re the same as everyone else. If you can’t do it straight away and they end up waiting then they can get edgy. If someone else puts a proposal in front of them they might feel as if they have to consider it.”

Although Wilson, who took charge when predecessor Micky Adams’ miserable five month reign ended in relegation, has largely been limited to relatively low key acquisitions, he is understood to be holding talks with several high profile names interested in joining his revamped squad.

However, Chris Porter, previously of Derby County, joined fellow new faces Ryan Flynn, Lecsinel Jean-Francois and Danny Philliskirk in Malta over the weekend ahead of tonight’s friendly with Sliema Wanderers.

But Wilson continues to adopt a relaxed attitude towards the situation, insisting his words should not be interpreted as criticism of United’s hierarchy.

Indeed the former Northern Ireland international, who has been told Evans must be off-loaded to further ease the pressure on his new team’s wage bill, backed their decision not to accept knockdown fees from rivals looking to take advantage of its slide into the third tier of English football for the first time in over two decades.

Leeds are believed to have baulked at United’s valuation of Nick Montgomery after making a tentative approach for the long-serving midfielder a fortnight ago.

But the deal which took Mark Yeates to Watford was swiftly concluded.

“We’re making good progress and there’s still a lot going on behind the scenes,” said Wilson.

Evans, United’s highest earner, counts Middlesbrough, Leicester and Cardiff among his admirers. But off-the-field issues are frustrating United’s efforts to recoup some of the £3m they spent prising him away from Manchester City in July 2009.

Should he remain in South Yorkshire when Wilson’s side travel to Oldham Athletic next month then it could prove impossible to capture one of the undisclosed names with whom staff have opened talks.

“We all know that, at this level, we have to cut our cloth accordingly,” said Wilson. “It’s the sensible, right thing to do and I think most people acknowledge that.”