Sheffield United: Blades go Dutch in player search

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Sheffield United have opened a new front in their search for new talent after it emerged they dispatched a representative to the Netherlands last weekend.

In a marked departure from the methods employed by his predecessor, who with the exception of Michael Higdon focused on British based players, manager Nigel Adkins is understood to be compiling dossiers on several potential targets plying their trade on the continent.

However, it remains unclear whether the scouting mission relates to business Bramall Lane's hierarchy is attempting to complete before this evening's deadline for permanent signings or forms part of a more long-term exercise.

Lee Turnbull, who was appointed United's head of recruitment and scouting following Adkins' arrival during the close season, attended his former club Scunthorpe's League One fixture against Colchester on Saturday afternoon.

Turnbull, who was instrumental in bringing Dutch centre-forward Kevin van Veen to Glanford Park, is known to boast a wealth of contacts at both Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie level. United were due to host Colchester following tonight's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Hartlepool but the match has been postponed due to international call-ups.