SHEFFIELD United could sign as few as four players this summer, manager Danny Wilson has revealed, after appearing to quash fears of a mass exodus of talent from Bramall Lane.
But Wilson, speaking as the club prepared to make its second acquisition of the summer with Danny Philliskirk scheduled to complete his much-anticipated move from Chelsea shortly, admitted it is impossible to state the exact number required due to the vagaries of the transfer market.
Asked whether he was planning a complete overhaul of the squad relegated from the Championship last season, Wilson said: “Not necessarily. What we do depends on a number of things.
“Inevitably there are going to be some new arrivals. It could be four or so. I’d think that’s a definite possibility.
“It might be more or less but we’ll have to see what happens elsewhere.
“There are a number of factors that will decide.”
Philliskirk, who spent the remainder of last term on loan at United, will officially join Swindon Town defender Jean-Francois Lescinel in South Yorkshire within the next fortnight.
But the terms of his deal were agreed long before Wilson’s arrival last month and the youngster is unlikely to feature on the former Northern Ireland international’s quota.
With the futures of Darius Henderson, Ched Evans, Stephen Quinn and Nick Montgomery still shrouded in doubt, United are planning for every eventuality.
“We’ve got a list of people we’d like to bring in anyway,” said Wilson.
“And we’ve got lists of people who we’d like to go for if other situations arise.
“What we’re doing is trying to get every eventuality covered.”
Meanwhile, Wilson admitted last night that United’s pre-season opponents have been hand-picked to help accelerate the process of change at Bramall Lane.
“Doncaster and Blackpool are both known for playing good football,” he said.