SHEFFIELD UNITED: Technique is key for Blades

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has outlined the qualities potential targets must demonstrate before being considered for moves to Bramall Lane.

Wilson, who hopes to begin his summer rebuilding programme shortly, is known to have identified several lines of enquiry in the transfer market, with Wycombe Wanderers’ Stuart Beavon and former Leeds defender Ben Parker among those viewed as would-be recruits.

Wilson, who is also waiting to learn whether Kevin McDonald, Lee Williamson and Chris Porter will agree new deals, said: “We like our players to be technically sound - we’ve seen the benefits of that - but they’ve got to be ready to work hard too.”

Hib’s David Wotherspoon and Leicester City’s Jeffrey Schlupp have also attracted admiring glances from United while James Wilson had last night reportedly identified Bramall Lane as a possible destination should he part company with Bristol City.

United had also been linked with former Hearts striker Stephen Elliott but The Star understands no contact was made before his switch to League One rivals Coventry City.

United, who travel to Malta 48 hours after their opening pre-season friendly, against Ilkeston on July 18, have confirmed they will face Hallam FC as part of the club’s preparations for the new League One season.

A United XI is scheduled to visit Sandygate on August 2, kick-off 7.45pm.

Negotiations with the Maltese FA aimed at playing two games against local opposition during their week-long stay in the Mediterranean are ongoing.

Valletta, Floriana, Birkirkara and Hibernians, who all qualified for the championship round of the BOV Maltese Premier League, are among those under consideration.