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Sheffield United transfer news: Pundit claims veteran could force exit, Wilder delivers blunt transfer verdict

The January transfer window looks in real danger of petering out for Sheffield United.

Saturday, 30th January 2021, 11:17 am

With widely-reported target Jesse Lingard joining West Ham, and with very little time remaining to get deals over the line, it looks as if Chris Wilder will have to fight his survival battle with the resources he already has at his disposal.

Encouraging wins against Newcastle United and Manchester United would suggest that the Blades aren’t dead and buried in the Premier League just yet, but in terms of their transfer activity, there doesn’t appear to be too much a pulse anywhere.

And that suspicion seems to have been hammered home by the manager’s latest response to questions on the subject.

Asked to provide an update on United’s activity in the market ahead of Saturday’s clash with Manchester City, Wilder replied: “I’ve got nothing to say on transfers so far.”

If their is a glimmer of hope for downhearted Blades fans to focus on, however, it’s that the club left it late to move for Sander Berge last January.

The Norwegian cost a then club record of £22 million, and while that kind of funding is almost certainly not going to be available this time around, perhaps there is still a faint likelihood that Bramall Lane chiefs could dip their toe into the market.

Elsewhere, ex-Blades midfielder Michael Brown has backed Billy Sharp to leave the club in search of first team football next term.

According to Football Insider, the veteran hitman emerged as a target for Derby County earlier in the week – a move which was flatly rejected by United.

But speaking to the same site, Brown has suggested that it’s only a matter of time before the 34-year-old seeks more minutes elsewhere.

He said: “He wants to play week in, week out and it’s going to be tough to play that in the Premier League, you’ll need a certain run of minutes.

“Everybody knows his loyalty to Sheffield United and that will never, ever change, but at some point he might want to go: ‘You know what…?’"

Sharp has been limited to just 153 minutes split across eight Premier League outings this term, but has still managed to hit the back of the net twice.

We’ve gathered the rest of today’s Premier League transfer speculation below:

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