Sheffield United: Weir desperate for new blood

David Weir is determined to add to his United squad following their defeat at Bradford City
David Weir is determined to add to his United squad following their defeat at Bradford City
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Sheffield United will redouble their efforts in the transfer market this week after David Weir, the club’s manager, acknowledged that a lack of ruthlessness contributed to his team’s defeat at Bradford City.

Officials at Bramall Lane are understood to have identified several potential targets ahead of next month’s deadline for new signings.

Weir indicated before Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Valley Parade that United were exploring various leads in an effort to bolster the options at his

disposal, with the 43-year-old claiming he would not be averse to recruiting seasoned professionals despite the policy of focusing on young,

up-and-coming talent.

An attacking midfielder and centre-forward are believed to feature on Weir’s wanted-list.

“Age isn’t the only judge of a player,” he said. “It’s important to have a good mix of youth and experience.

“When we bring a young player in, for instance, it’s not just because they’re young. It’s because they’ve also shown us that they’re good

enough.”

Weir has distanced himself from reports that Watford midfielder Sean Murray features on United’s wanted-list.

Jake Jervis could emerge as a possibility after sources in Turkey claimed the former Birmingham City marksman is interested in a return to

England after joining Luke Moore, previously of Aston Villa and Swansea, at Süper Lig outfit Elazığspor earlier this year.

Moore’s future at the Elazığ Atatürk Stadium also remains unclear.

United were active in the recruitment market during the close season with six players, including £250,000 signing Lyle Taylor and Liverpool

midfielder Conor Coady, arriving at Bramall Lane.

Weir is a staunch supporter of Taylor but, speaking after Nahki Wells’ brace put his team to sword, admitted others must also help to ease the burden of responsibility on the Londoner’s shoulders.

United engineered several good opportunities against City but failed to make the most of the chances which came their way with captain Michael Doyle later conceding that Wells “had been the difference.”

“We created our chances, including one very early on,” Weir said. “Unfortunately we didn’t put our ones away which is important in tight games like that.

“I can’t fault the lads for attitude or effort and there were long spells when we were on top. So that’s something we have to go away and work on. An area where we’ve got to improve.”