SHEFFIELD UNITED: Danny Wilson keen to strengthen at centre half and in attack

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Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson is dividing his time between preparing for tomorrow’s friendly against Hibernians and plotting further forays into the transfer market.

Wilson, whose team return to England later this week, played the opening match of their Mediterrean tour against Zejtun Corinthians yesterday. Although ensuring the meeting with last season’s MPL runners-up runs smoothly is his overriding concern at present, long-term the former Northern Ireland international’s number one priority is ensuring Bramall Lane’s rebuilding programme is almost complete by the time Shrewsbury Town visit South Yorkshire for United’s League One curtainraiser next month.

Having captured striker John Cofie and full-back Darryl Westlake, Wilson is consolidating his efforts to strengthen United’s options at centre-half while signing another attacker also remains a possibility.

Leicester City’s Jeffrey Schlupp features among Wilson’s preferred targets.

“There’s still a lot of work going on,” one insider told The Star last night. “We are pleased with the people we’ve been able to bring in so far but there is plenty to do.

“Nobody has ever made any secret of where that work needs to be done.

“The manager has gone on the record about that.”

United must combine introducing fresh blood into Wilson’s squad with shedding some of its higher earners after the club’s hierarchy signalled their intention to comply with new financial regulations next term.