Blades set for transfer action

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SHEFFIELD United expect the impasse in the Bramall Lane transfer market to be broken later this week, according to sources at the League One club.

Danny Wilson, who took charge last month following United’s relegation from the Championship, has made just one signing during his first four-and-a half weeks at the helm despite describing changes to the squad he inherited from Micky Adams as “inevitable”.

Although senior figures at United admit it is impossible to say whether Jean-Francois Lescinel, recruited after impressing Wilson during their spell together at Swindon Town, will be joined by more new faces when he reports for training on Thursday, they have told The Star that “one big move” is likely to have a knock-on effect elsewhere.

Wilson, who concedes that United could be forced to part company with their highest earners as they prepare for life in English football’s third tier, said: “It’s always very quiet at this time of year. It doesn’t worry me, that’s just the way it is.

“But that doesn’t mean we’re not doing plenty of work behind the scenes. We are.

“Clubs look to position themselves, get their possible options sorted out and then, in a lot of cases, wait for someone to show their hand. That often sets in motion a chain of events.”

Darius Henderson and Ched Evans are known to boast admirers at Championship level while fellow striker Jordan Slew has been the subject of a £500,000 bid from Fulham.

United would prefer to resolve their futures before they establish a warm-weather training camp on the island of Malta next month.