There’s cash in the Cup

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson last night admitted the Carling Cup is now a “major priority” for the South Yorkshire club despite claims that reaching the later stages of the competition will hamper their efforts to impress in League One.

Instead, speaking ahead of tonight’s first round tie at Hartlepool, Wilson admitted that beating Mick Wadsworth’s side could strengthen his hand in the transfer market after revealing that deals for three potential targets have been put on ice “until somebody leaves.”

United took a huge financial hit when they were relegated from the Championship earlier this year and Wilson said: “These games are massive for everyone in them, especially from a money point of view and we’re no different.

“Going as far as we can in the tournament could bring a lot of funding in and that could be the difference between one or two players.

“On top of that, and just as importantly, it is also an opportunity to get some real momentum going.

“We had a good result on the opening day and another one would be good for the confidence of the team.”

United, who beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 on Saturday, off-loaded Darius Henderson, Jamie Ward and Mark Yeates during the close season. But another high-earner must also depart before trialists Alex Kruk, Kevin McDonald and Matt Duke can complete their moves to Bramall Lane.

Wilson, who confirmed that Rob Kozluk has still to sign the new contract he was recently offered, added: “The trialists are still with us.

“I’d love to have the same squad we’ve got now when the transfer window closes but with one or two more players in it.”