Sheffield United transfer news: Ex-boss Chris Wilder among frontrunners for vacant job, Blades eye up FIVE targets

Sheffield United’s 1-0 win over Brighton on Saturday evening may have been a major case of too little, too late, but at the very least it proved that they are not going to stop fighting this season – even if they are mathematically down.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 8:56 am
Paul Heckingbottom, Manager of Sheffield United. (Photo by Tim Goode - Pool/Getty Images)

The Blades showed much more of the grit and fighting spirit that made them such a success last season against Albion, and were duly rewarded with three points.

Of course, the result will do little to prevent them from dropping down to the Championship next term, but it did prove that Paul Heckingbottom’s side are still willing to play for pride.

And it would appear that the interim boss is eager to ease the pressure on his squad now that their fate is sealed.

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Sampdoria's financial situation could mean that they are forced to sell highly-rated duo Omar Colley and Mikkel Damsgaard. Both have been linked with Leeds United in the past. (Club Doria 46) (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Speaking after Saturday’s game, he said: “It’s important we enjoy ourselves over these last few weeks. We’re taking everything seriously, as you would expect, because we are representing this football club and the fans.

“But I also want the players to enjoy themselves, to play with a smile on their faces and show what they can do. Because for some, this might be the last time they play at this level. Or it might be a long time before they get back again.

"You just never know in football, although we are obviously doing everything we possibly can to try and make sure we bounce straight back. But you just can’t afford to take anything for granted.”

We’ve gathered the best of today’s Premier League speculation involving Sheffield United and their top flight rivals below...

Sheffield United have narrowed down their managerial search to a shortlist of five, which includes interim boss Paul Heckingbottom. (Sky Sports) (Photo by TIM GOODE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Everton and Newcastle United have been put on alert after it emerged that Serie A side Bologna will ‘have to sell’ players this summer. Both clubs are interested in Takehiro Tomiyasu. (TEAMtalk) (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
Southampton have identified Angers left-back Souleyman Doumbia as a potential replacement for Ryan Bertrand. (Football Insider) (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)
Watford and Brighton are still interested in Portsmouth starlet Charlie Bell, but West Ham United have dropped out of the chase. (The News) (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Newcastle United will open talks with Jacob Murphy over a new deal, with Burnley and Watford leading the race to sign him. (The Sun) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Brighton midfielder Davy Propper is ‘seriously in the picture’ at PSV Eindhoven as they eye a summer move. (Eindhoven Dagblad) (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is among the favourites to take over the vacant manager's role at Celtic. (SkyBet) (Photo by Mike Egerton - Pool/Getty Images)
Legia Warsaw have submitted an offer for Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Bogusz. (Football Insider) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)