Bidding yet to begin for Blades stars

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Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson has revealed he is yet to receive a firm bid for any of his players ahead of today’s transfer deadline.

Although the likes of Nick Montgomery, Stephen Quinn and Daniel Bogdanovic are reported targets for Championship clubs, Wilson confirmed following last night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success at Burton Albion that no official approaches have been made.

Wilson said: “We’ve not had anything yet but that can change. Things often happen at the 11th hour and we’ve tried to be ready if it does. We’ve got options but now it’s just a case of waiting to see what happens.”

Although Wilson hopes none of United’s established names are lured away before the window closes, he appears to have been thwarted in his efforts to bring in Matt Duke.

The former Hull City goalkeeper, who has been training unpaid at Shirecliffe in a bid to earn a permanent move to the team he has supported since childhood, is scheduled to hold talks with Bradford City today.

Duke has made no secret of the fact that Bramall Lane was his preferred destination and rejected the opportunity of a move to Rochdale.

But Bradford have stepped in, with Reading also monitoring Duke’s situation closely.

Meanwhile, Wilson admitted United were “fortunate” to reach the second round of the JP Trophy draw but paid tribute to his squad’s character.

Burton boss Paul Peschisolido felt Albion “should have buried” United in the first half and they appeared destined to claim a famous scalp when Richards fired them in front only for David McAllister and Erik Tonne to pounce.

“We showed a character and togetherness,” said Wilson. “We were perhaps a shade fortunate in front of our goal at times, but we used some of the young lads we’ve heard a lot about and, by and large, they did well.”