Sheffield United: Coventry City resigned to losing John Fleck as Alan Knill says midfielder and centre back are on the way

John Fleck in action against Sheffield Unite last season for Coventry City
John Fleck in action against Sheffield Unite last season for Coventry City
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Sheffield United assistant manager Alan Knill has confirmed that bids have been made for two players and an announcement is imminent.

Chris Wilder's right-hand man, speaking on Alan Biggs' Talking Sheffield Sports programme on Sheffield Live, revealed that a central defender and a left-sided midfielder are on their way, with Brentford's Jack O'Connell and Coventry City's John Fleck expected to be the two players, though Knill didn't divulge their names.

However, Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray has appeared resigned to losing Fleck as he told the Coventry Telegraph: "Is it disappointing? He knew how much we wanted to keep him. He wanted to go to the league above but he’s gone to a club with a greater resource than us. Let’s see how he goes there. If they have the resource to tempt him that appears to be what’s happened."

United head to Murcia on Sunday after taking on Stocksbridge Park Steels tomorrow with both Fleck and O'Connell likely to be linking up with the squad at some stage over the weekend.

"We think we are really close to a couple of players," said Knill last night. "Obviously you don't like to say anything til it's actually done.

"They've agreed. We go away on Sunday and so before we go away on Sunday hopefully those players will be at the club.

Chris Wilder and Alan Knill

Chris Wilder and Alan Knill

"(It's a) central defender and central midfield player. Chris likes that balance, left sided centre half, left sided centre midfield player. It's not easy but we have found both."

Knill doesn't expect that to be the end of the transfer dealings at Bramall Lane.

He added: "We are probably looking for another three on top. It all depends on outs as well. Maybe some will leave to free up a little bit more."

Jack O'Connell, left, in action for Rochdale against United two seasons ago

Jack O'Connell, left, in action for Rochdale against United two seasons ago