Sheffield United: Blades review market options

Goal glee: Tony McMahon and Dave Kitson who both scored
Goal glee: Tony McMahon and Dave Kitson who both scored
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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has revealed he will look to sign reinforcements should players leave Bramall Lane during the transfer window, writes James Shield.

Despite conceding new financial measures, which limit the amount League One clubs can spend on their squads, means United must now sell before they can buy, the former Northern Ireland international acknowledged coaching staff have identified several potential targets should the opportunity to re-enter the market arise.

Wilson, who recently bolstered his options by recruiting Jamie Murphy and Danny Higginbotham, said: “We don’t have the biggest of squads and so we’d have to replace anyone who went out.

“Of course we’re always looking around to see who might be available and what might be possible.

“We wouldn’t be doing our jobs properly if we didn’t.

“But we are in a situation now where we can’t bring anyone in unless we let someone go out.”

Wilson, whose side could discover this morning whether today’s fixture at Notts County will go ahead on schedule, was referring to Salary Cost Management Protocol which prohibits expenditure on players from exceeding 65 per cent of a team’s total turnover.

Although United do not have unlimited funds to lavish on fresh talent, Bramall Lane’s board of directors demonstrated they are prepared to back Wilson’s plans by sanctioning the arrival of Murphy and Higginbotham from Motherwell and Stoke respectively.

However their presence, coupled with new contracts for the likes of Dave Kitson, Neill Collins and Michael Doyle, is likely to have edged United closer to that mark.

Wilson, confirming he is only prepared to lose those on the periphery of his starting eleven, said: “Ideally, I’d like nothing to happen.

“We’d like to keep the group intact but other things dictate.”

Meanwhile, Wilson has shed further light on Collins’ progress after the defender underwent surgery to repair a fractured cheekbone.

“Collo is doing well,” he said. “He’s been fitted with a mask which doesn’t make him look any better though.

“The good thing is that he’s feeling a lot better in himself but doing full contact training is going to be important.

“It could be around three weeks or so yet before he can start to comeback. We’re not going to be taking any risks.”

*Did you know: Referee Carl Berry will inspect Meadow Lane’s pitch at 9.30am before deciding whether today’s League One fixture between Notts County and United can go ahead as planned.

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