United yet to receive offers for stalwarts

Nick Montgomery
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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, last night revealed he is “unaware” of any bids for his players as the end of the transfer window fast approaches.

Although the former Northern Ireland international concedes further savings must be made to cope with the implications of relegation, he has made no attempt to disguise the fact that retaining the likes of Nick Montgomery and Stephen Quinn would give the South Yorkshire club an edge in League One this term.

Confirmation that Kevin McCabe, United’s owner and plc chairman, has relaxed constraints on Wilson’s budget to broker a deal for midfielder Kevin McDonald proves it is possible to strike a balance between the often conflicting interests of football and finance.

However, speaking ahead of today’s League One fixture with Brentford, Wilson acknowledged the team which takes to the field against Uwe Rosler’s side could bear little resemblance to the one which hosts Bury on September 3.

“We’ve not received any offers for any of the lads who are still with us,” Wilson said. “I’d love to keep what we’ve got from a personal perspective.

“Whether or not that is possible I don’t actually know because I can’t second guess what other people might be thinking.

“I’m certainly unaware of anyone being in for any of our players at this moment in time.”

The impasse in the transfer market, combined with United’s willingness to open negotiations with McDonald, suggest McCabe is prepared to personally subsidise the deal.

With television revenues plummeting as a result of United’s slide out of the Championship last term, he is already picking-up the shortfall in other areas of Bramall Lane’s operations.

Montgomery, Quinn and Lee Williamson are among those linked with moves elsewhere following the sales of Darius Henderson, Mark Yeates and Jamie Ward earlier this summer.

Wilson, however, suspects there could be a flurry of activity across the divisions just before the August 31 deadline.

“That’s what usually happens anyway,” he said.