Adams set to recruit

Sad sight: New boy Joe Mattock is stretchered off last night.  Picture: Steve Parkin
Sad sight: New boy Joe Mattock is stretchered off last night. Picture: Steve Parkin
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SHEFFIELD United’s board of directors have granted Micky Adams permission to refresh the South Yorkshire club’s squad despite efforts to reduce expenditure at Bramall Lane.

Adams, who signed Leeds defender Neill Collins before Monday’s transfer deadline, revealed he is continuing to monitor potential targets after reserving the right to re-enter the loan market following Kyle Bartley’s departure.

Chief executive Trevor Birch has been charged with the difficult task of re-organising United’s budget as part of a drive to protect their position following the withdrawal of Premier League parachute payments.

Adams said: “I’ve been told to identify the areas where I feel we are in need of strengthening.

“Part of that involves putting forward names that would enable us to do that.”

Adams, speaking before last night’s defeat by Leicester City, which saw United slip into the bottom three in the Championship table, added: “I’m not going to rush. We’ve got to be patient and make sure if we do anything we get the right people.”

United, who dominated the contest following Andy King‘s strike, were unable to select Collins against Sven Goran Eriksson’s side but are expected to hand the former Sunderland, Preston and Wolves centre-half, his debut at Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The former Scotland under-21 international commanded an undisclosed fee when he left Elland Road but The Star has been told the “significant” amount could rise further dependent upon appearances.

Adams, who saw Joe Mattock carried off with a knee and ankle injury, said: “The Leicester people admitted we were the better team but I’m getting sick of hearing that.”