David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, has reassured Chris Porter and Joe Ironside they still have important roles to play next season despite his efforts to sign another centre-forward.
Weir, who revealed Falkirk’s Lyle Taylor is “on our radar” following Saturday’s friendly with Bury, is keen to increase the attacking options at United’s disposal after confirming Richard Cresswell is poised to leave Bramall Lane.
“We need to give ourselves as much flexibility as we possibly can,” Weir told The Star. “Because ultimately scoring goals is what football is all about.
“We’ve got Joe and Chris here and they’ve done really well. But we’re set to play a lot of games and so we’ve got to make sure we’re covered.”
“Joe is a young lad and we’re really pleased with how he’s contributing and coming along,” Weir added.
“But forward players are so important and we don’t want to find ourselves short. ”
Ironside, 19, has featured prominently in United’s preparations f while Porter, previously of Derby County and Motherwell, has had ample opportunity to press his claim for a place in Weir’s starting 11 after being sidelined by the previous regime.
Discussions with Taylor, who scored 29 times in 42 appearances last season, are believed to have reached an advanced stage after Weir identified the 23-year-old as the ideal candidate to fill the vacancy set to be created by Cresswell’s departure.
York City are understood to be among those clubs interested in acquiring the experienced striker’s services.
Weir, speaking after goals from debutant Jasper Johns, Jamie Murphy and Stephen McGinn propelled United to a 3-1 victory over Bury, indicated talks with Taylor and his representative are set to continue later this week.
Although none of the three parties sat around the negotiating table are keen to elaborate, The Star understands United remain hopeful of concluding a deal before next month’s League One curtain-raiser against Notts County.
Rotherham and Hibernian have also monitored the former Millwall youngster’s progress at Falkirk Stadium.
“We’ve got an interest in him (Taylor),” Weir said. “He’s done very well at Falkirk and potentially we might look to put a bid in.
“But that’s all I’m going to say on the matter because he’s not our player and it wouldn’t be right to go any further.”