Why Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says transfer window intensity will ramp up as he takes a leaf out of Watford manager Nigel Pearson's playbook

Chris Wilder believes the country's football business will intensify towards the end of the January transfer window as he looks to strengthen his Sheffield United squad.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 10:17 pm
Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, takes his team to Arsenal this weekend: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

United are thought to have prioritised defensive reinforcements in the current window after an impressive start to life back in the Premier League.

Luke Woolfenden, of Ipswich Town, has emerged as a target for the Blades, although Ipswich boss Paul Lambert scoffed at the reported £3m fee suggested in some media outlets.

And although Wilder has steadfastly refused to divulge the identity of his transfer targets, for fear of alerting other clubs and sparking a bidding war, he did change his stance in his pre-match media conference today ahead of Saturday's Arsenal clash.

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"I've said I was going to adopt a Geoffrey Boycott stance and straight-bat everything," Wilder said.

"Then I kept quiet through all the transfer questions. Then I said I would only talk about players when they were in the building, holding up a shirt and a scarf and taking those awful photos with the manager.

"I study other managers quite a lot and saw Nigel Pearson say 'I will talk about business being done when business is done'. I quite like that, so I'll use that this week!

"We're making headway. It's picked up, and a lot of things have picked up in the football world recently in terms of the transfer window.

"I'm sure it'll ramp up again in the next few weeks."