United boss in market for January signings

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SHEFFIELD United manager danny Wilson last night promised supporters an “exciting” time during next month’s transfer window.

Fears have been expressed that key players including Ched Evans and Stephen Quinn could be lured away from Bramall Lane when English football re-opens for business on January 1st.

But Wilson, who has steered United to third in the League One table, revealed he is planning to strengthen the options at his disposal rather than see the South Yorkshire club shorn of its most influential names.

“We’ve got some irons in the fire,” Wilson said. “We want to supplement what we’ve got and give ourselves the best possible chance so it could be quite exciting.”

Reading defender Marcus Williams is poised to join on a permanent basis after impressing during a recent three-month spell with United while another former loanee - Blackpool’s Billy Clarke - remains on Wilson’s radar.

United scouts are also known to be monitoring Crewe Alexandra’s Shaun Miller while, despite refusing to issue an emphatic denial, Wilson has appeared to distance himself from reports linking Lewis Grabban of Rotherham with a switch to Bramall Lane in recent weeks.

“We’re talking about people other than Marcus and Billy,” Wilson admitted. “We’re hoping to tie the loose ends up with Marcus as soon as we possibly can.”

Midfielder Lee Williamson misses Tuesday’s visit of Notts County due to suspension and Wilson said: “Without Willo and Marcus you can see that we are a little bit thin on the ground.

“We need to bulk up the squad again if that’s possible.”

Nevertheless, with directors making no secret of the need to cut costs after being relegated earlier this year, United remain vulnerable to Premier League and Championship poachers.

Wilson said: “I’ve not personally received any approaches from anyone for anyone.

“I wouldn’t expect to at this stage but of course there’s always potentially something out there although I’m not encouraging anything.”