Blades braced for fresh bids

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, last night admitted he is relaxed about the prospect of losing further players ahead of next month’s League One opener against Oldham Athletic.

Having seen influential performers such as Darius Henderson and Mark Yeates off-loaded as Bramall Lane’s board of directors count the cost of relegation, United could yet be forced to shed further talent before the transfer window closes on August 31.

Although Wilson would prefer to keep the squad now at his disposal intact - “I don’t want to lose any of them” - he conceded financial concerns could see more big names ushered through the exit door.

“It might happen,” said Wilson. “It might not. I’m not wishing for any of them to go but there’s always a possibility some might.

“That’s football and you have to be ready to deal with situations as they arise. We’ve got our finger on the pulse though if something comes up.”

One of the biggest problems Wilson and his assistant Frank Barlow face is the prospect of key names being spirited away just before the deadline for new signings.

There is a very real chance the team which travels to Boundary Park on August 6 could bear little resemblance to the one which hosts Bury on the first weekend in September.

Confirming “no bids” have been received for the likes of Nick Montgomery, Stephen Quinn or Richard Cresswell, Wilson said: “We are getting there but we’re not where we want to be (in terms of recruitment) yet.

“The key is going to be the personnel we have available.

“Knowing what we have available.

“But we shouldn’t have any concerns so long as we can get the bodies in to replace anyone who might go.”

United, who complete their preparations for the new campaign against Blackpool on Sunday, are known to have identified several targets should they be forced to strike quickly in the market.

Negotiations with Elian Parrino, the Estudiantes defender, are also scheduled to take place ahead of the meeting with Ian Holloway’s side aimed at recapturing the youngster on a long-term loan.

“A lot of clubs are keeping their cards close to their chest,” said Wilson.