SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades boss prefers to keep the status quo

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has rejected claims he will look to off-load players in a bid to sign a new goalkeeper.

Wilson, who allowed Jordan Chapell to join Burton Albion on loan earlier this week, admitted recently that financial constraints have prevented him from drafting in cover for teenager George Long.

Despite acknowledging that United, who fear fresh arrivals could leave them in breach of Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) regulations, are gambling on Long’s availability, Wilson said: “We’re not letting anyone out to bring anyone in because we’ve only just got enough cover for positions as it is.

“Losing (defender) Lecsinel (Jean-Francois) for a while to injury was a blow.

“If everyone stays fit then we’ll be okay but unfortunately we don’t have a crystal ball.”

SCMP, which prohibits clubs in the bottom two divisions from spending more than 55 and 65 per cent of their turnover on wages respectively, has complicated United’s recruitment policy.

Chapell, who scored on his debut for Gary Rowett’s side, is scheduled to spend at least a month at the Pirelli Stadium.

The Star understands that Albion also made representations to another member of Wilson’s squad earlier this month but could not push the deal through.

Swindon Town, who host United in 10 days time, were recently placed under a transfer embargo for failing to comply with SCMP.

Wilson, speaking ahead of Monday’s game against Portsmouth, said: “Everyone is fit and available at this stage.

“We can give the lads an extra day off which is good because the schedule has been pretty intense of late.

“Rest periods are just as important as hard work.

“As for the staff, we’ll be out as usual watching games.”