DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, wants to enter the emergency loan market after expressing fears his squad could be exposed by injury.
Wilson admitted he came close to bolstering the League One club’s midfield options before last week’s deadline for new signings and could revisit several lines of enquiry when the window reopens shortly.
“Experience tells you that, at some stage, you are going to lose key players,” he said. “You hope it doesn’t happen and there are no guarantees it will but, chances are, injuries are going to occur.
“We’ll assess the situation as we go along, see what might be possible and what might not.
“But we are always trying to keep an eye out because you never know when you might have or get the chance to do something.”
Wilson, whose side climbed to fifth in the table when they beat AFC Bournemouth four days ago, recently parted company with Nick Montgomery and Stephen Quinn following their respective moves to Central Coast Mariners and Hull City.
United signed former Portsmouth centre-forward Dave Kitson on a short-term contract having already recruited the likes of Nick Blackman, Tony McMahon and Matt Hill during the close season.
The Star understands that Nathan Eccleston was approached about the possibility of joining United before the deadline only for Championship outfit Blackpool to hijack his switch to Bramall Lane.
Everton’s Magaye Gueye is also known to have interested United staff but, speaking soon after the 5-3 victory over Paul Groves’ side, Wilson hinted he is prepared to bide his time to see what other opportunities arise.
“If you do bring someone in, it’s important they’re the right ones,” he said.