SHEFFIELD United last night pulled-out of a deal to sign Milan Misun after the Czech defender failed his medical.
But officials at Bramall Lane, who have received an approach from Aston Villa for Matthew Lowton, hope to soften the blow by capturing an unnamed striker from a leading Premier League club.
Danny Wilson, the United manager, appeared on the verge of making Misun his first recruit of the summer after agreeing terms with the 22-year-old earlier this week.
However, the results of his medical revealed a niggling injury which is expected to require surgery.
It remains unclear whether Wilson will look to ressurect his interest at a later date. United, who yesterday learned that striker Chris Porter had put pen to paper on a new contract, are understood to be resigned to losing Lowton after receiving enquiries from both the Championship and top-flight.
The Star can confirm that Villa have leapt to the front of the queue by pledging to immediately include the youngster in their first team squad. Although the size of the fee is undisclosed, Paul Lambert, Wilson’s counterpart in the Midlands, could sweeten the deal by granting United the pick of their own home grown players in part-exchange.
Wilson, whose charges return to action with a Capital One Cup tie against Burton on August 11, admitted recently that a “centre-forward, centre-half and a full-back” are his top transfer priorities.
Despite Porter’s decision to stay at the League One club - he is now tied to United until at least 2014 with a further 12 month option - Wilson remains keen to bolster his attack. Leicester City’s Jeffrey Schlupp remains highly thought of by United’s coaching staff but this newspaper has learned that talks with another target are already at an advanced stage.