Sheffield United: Weir looks to apply the finishing touch

Febian Brandy is sent-off against MK Dons last weekend  � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Febian Brandy is sent-off against MK Dons last weekend � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s decision to invest in Sheffield United has allowed the League One club to redraw its list of transfer targets, a member of Bramall Lane’s hierarchy has confirmed.

Director Scott McCabe, who helped broker the agreement which saw Prince Abdullah, a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family, purchase 50 per cent of its parent company earlier this week, made the admission as manager David Weir prepares to enter the emergency loan market following tomorrow’s game against neighbours Rotherham. A centre-forward is known to be Weir’s top priority after watching United struggle to translate chances into goals since competition resumed in August.

“It’s fair to say that we are now working on a different page, so to speak, than before,” McCabe said. “We’re talking about a sensible approach but some avenues which were previously closed might not be now.”

Although officials have refused to state exactly how much Prince Abdullah will provide for team building, it is initially believed to represent an eight figure sum spread over two years. However, United must comply with the Salary Cost Management Protocol which prohibits them from spending more than 60 per cent of turnover on wages.

Weir failed to sign Coventry City duo Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson before the transfer deadline but could resurrect his interest later this term.

United, who are without the suspended Febian Brandy at New York Stadium, will name Mark Howard in goal while Florent Cuvelier and Jose Baxter are set to feature. George Long and Sean McGinty are absent due to international duty while Michael O’Connor and Kari Arnason will be missing for the hosts after their respective call-ups by Northern Ireland and Iceland.