SHEFFIELD UNITED: I expect Stephen Quinn to leave: Danny Wilson

Nightmare opponent: Danny Wilson says midfielder midfield ace Stephen Quinn has terrorised teams in League One
Nightmare opponent: Danny Wilson says midfielder midfield ace Stephen Quinn has terrorised teams in League One
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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson last night admitted he is unable to guarantee that Stephen Quinn will not leave Bramall Lane during the transfer window.

Wilson, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Colchester, insisted the former Republic of Ireland under-21 international is not certain to depart despite starting the new League One season in sparkling fashion.

Describing Quinn as a “nightmare” to play against, Wilson said: “I don’t fear losing him. But I do expect to lose him and then, if it doesn’t happen, it’s a good thing.

“Like any player he’ll want to play at the highest level. I’d be no different. Whether that opportunity arises, I don’t know.”

Wilson, confirming United emerged from Tuesday’s draw at Coventry City with a clean bill of health, acknowledged he would prefer maintain his squad’s “status quo” before this month’s transfer deadline.

But legislation governing expenditure in England’s bottom two divisions means United risk failing with to comply with the Salary Cost Management Protocol unless savings are made.

Charlton Athletic are known to be monitoring Quinn’s situation closely while Blackpool had a bid rejected 12 months ago.

Contrary to reports United, who signed six players during the close season, are not intent on selling teenage defender Harry Maguire.

Wilson added: “Quinny is a quality player and was exceptional at Coventry.

“He’s an integral part of our attack and must be a nightmare to play against.

“At this stage he would be very difficult to replace. I don’t know if there’s anything around the corner for him and it’s unlikely he’ll be going anywhere on loan.

“I’m not going to worry.”