DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, wants to accelerate his efforts to reshape Bramall Lane’s first-team squad ahead of the new League One campaign.
Circumstances have conspired to prevent last season’s beaten play-off finalists from making inroads into the transfer market, with Manchester United striker John Cofie their only acquisition since May’s defeat by Huddersfield Town.
Wilson, who is waiting to discover whether midfield duo Kevin McDonald and Lee Williamson will pen new contracts, said: “It’s no secret that we need to bring in players.
“We’re fishing and there’s lots (of targets) on the hook.
“We’ve just not been able to land them yet.”
As The Star revealed last month, United, who expect Cofie’s loan to be processed shortly, would be interested in Jeffrey Schlupp if the Ghana international is allowed to leave Leicester City while Wycombe Wanderers’ Stuart Beavon, former Leeds defender Ben Parker and David Wotherspoon of Hibernian are also known to feature on their wanted list.
Wilson conceded his manoeuvres will be influenced by the outcome of talks with McDonald and Williamson.
Although McDonald failed to report for training when United’s squad reconvened at Shirecliffe, sources close to Wilson’s board of directors have indicated significant progress has been made towards reaching an agreement with the Scot.
with Williamson are understood to be more complex, despite Wilson taking encouragement from the fact he did attend the club’s first four training sessions.
Nottingham Forest had been poised to make the 30-year-old a firm offer but recent developments at the City Ground, where Kuwaiti businessman Fawaz Al-Hasawi has led the buy-out of previous owners the Doughty estate, could prompt them to look elsewhere.
Manager Steve Cotterill was relieved of his duties yesterday.
Forest were recently forced to deny claims that Gianni
Paladini, who has reportedly been acting as an adviser to the Al-Hasawi’s, had approached Peterborough’s Darren Ferguson about taking charge.
Wilson added: “The question is simple; very simple, in fact. It just depends on who is re-signing with us.
“We won’t be bringing in players just for the sake of it.
“Anyone who does come in needs to be of the right quality and ability to keep us towards the top of the division again.”
Jamille Matt and Jack Dean have joined United on trial.
United have presented Fred Furniss with a special shirt to commemorate his 90th birthday.
Furniss, who made nearly 300 league appearances for United, was the guest of honour at a Senior Blades luncheon on Tuesday.