Neill hoping to avoid window pain

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COMMANDING Sheffield United defender Neill Collins is praying there is not a flurry of transfer activity at Bramall Lane before the window closes at 11pm tonight.

It is no secret United have to reduce their wage bill, which is the biggest in League One, to ease their alarming financial situation.

And The Star understands a number of Championship clubs are keeping close tabs on long-serving midfielder Nick Montgomery while Lee Williamson, Ched Evans, Richard Cresswell, Stephen Quinn, Harry Maguire and Matthew Lowton all have their admirers.

Speaking after the club’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Birmingham City, Blades boss Danny Wilson said they had received no offers for any members of his squad. But it is not beyond the realms of possibility Wilson will have to offload one of his top performers today.

Collins said: “It would be huge for confidence if we kept everyone together. We have got a lot of players who can play in the Championship.

“Right now, it is looking pretty positive we are going to keep hold of everyone but we will wait and see what happens.”

The centre-back added: “When you are at a big club like Sheffield United, there is always going to be speculation so it is pointless trying to second guess what’s going to happen. You just have to get on with it. It is as simple as that.”

As United embark on the final furlong of their promotion quest, Wilson has not ruled out further strengthening his team, although he is unlikely to re-sign Billy Clarke from Blackpool.