Sheffield United: ‘We’ve still got cash to spend if needed,” Chris Wilder says, after revealing he has not touched any of the David Brooks money

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder will have money to spend during the January transfer window after revealing he has yet to touch any of the money received following David Brooks' move to AFC Bournemouth.

United received a down payment of around £10m when the Wales international joined Eddie Howe's side earlier this summer.

Despite signing the likes of Oliver Norwood and Conor Washington since Brooks' departure, Wilder admitted United's ability to wheel and deal has left them in a position to strengthen again midway through the Championship campaign.

"There is funds still there (for January)," he said. "There will be money available if needed.
"If we need to use it, we will. If we don't, then we won't. Really, it's as simple as that."

United enter Saturday's match against Bristol City third in the table after winning their last four league games. Norwood, the Northern Ireland midfielder, has been a driving force behind that run having arrived on a loan to buy deal from Brighton and Hove Albion. But only after Lee Evans was sacrificed to make room on Wilder's budget.

Another new arrival, former Huddersfield Town defender Martin Cranie, could make his debut at Ashton Gate alongside Marvin Johnson. Cranie, who joined United on a free transfer, is under contract until January when Wilder confirmed his situation will be reviewed.

"We'll extend it if Martin does well," he said. "The provision is there to do that."
United had seven players on duty for their respective countries during the international break. Confirming all of those, including Norwood, are available for selection this weekend, Wilder outlined the steps Paul Coutts and Jake Wright are taking in order to reach full fitness.

"Paul played in a really competitive under-23's game a few days ago," Wilder said. "He'll have another couple of those, then we've got a behind closed doors friendly, so after that he should be pushing.

"Jake has had a problem with his back so he might be around another month. But he's working really hard and making progress."