blades will be canny over cash

David Weir at Raith
David Weir at Raith
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David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, is determined not to waste money in the transfer market as preparations for the new League One season gather pace.

United completed their three match tour of Scotland with a 2-1 win at Raith Rovers last night after goals from Kevin McDonald and Jamie Murphy.

The tourists, who are scheduled to resume training this morning ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Bury, made an early statement of intent by making four signings during the immediate aftermath of his appointment.

But the former Glasgow Rangers defender, insisted players he inherited will be afforded ample opportunity to stake claims for a starting role.

Last night, he told The Star: “We are working on a few things and we are hopefully close to a few things, but there is nothing concrete yet. We have a responsibility to look after this club and so that means we will treat its finances as if they are our own. That means looking at players of the right quality, calibre and price.”

Weir added: “I was pleased with our performance against Raith, we stuck to our principles and there were times when forgetting the fact I am manager, I really enjoyed watching us play. Ofcourse there are still things to work on but it has been a very successful trip” Weir added.

Having made improving United’s attacking prowess his priority, much of Weir’s work ahead of next month’s curtain-raiser against Notts County is expected to focus on coaxing more goals out of an attack which struggled to fulfil its potential last term. Nevertheless, sources close to United have insisted that suggestions Kevin Davies had been invited to work with Weir’s charges before joining Preston “are without substance.”

Weir also insisted there is nothing set in stone over speculation that Kris Boyd has been offered a contract at Bramall Lane.