Wilson outlines his recruitment plans at Lane

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DANNY Wilson has warned Sheffield United’s rivals not to view the South Yorkshire club as a soft touch in the transfer market.

Wilson, who was today nominated for December’s League One Manager of the Month award, made the claim after insisting he wants to strengthen rather than dismantle his squad during the transfer window.

“I’m not actively looking to get rid of anyone,” Wilson said. “It’s not the case that we’re bringing people in because someone is going.

“Even if everyone stays it doesn’t change the fact we want to bring one or two in to help us through the second half of the season.”

United, who are third in the League One table, have made no secret of the need to reduce Bramall Lane’s wage bill. Nevertheless, offers for players such as Stephen Quinn, Matthew Lowton and Harry Maguire have been rejected since Wilson’s appointment in May.

“We’re looking at one or two things but whether they come to fruition this week I don’t know,” added Wilson. “Now the festivities are over I’d expect things to start hotting-up.

“Thankfully we’ve not received bids for any of our players yet. If anything does happen after then we will take it in our stride.”

Meanwhile, Neill Collins’ impressive form has been recognised by the Football League after he was proposed as a candidate for December’s divisional Player of the Month trophy. Wilson described the centre-half as “absolutely immense” during the recent victory over Notts County.

Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes, Stevenage’s Michael Bostwick and Marcello Trotta of Wycombe also feature on the short-list.

Stevenage’s Graham Westley, Russell Slade of Leyton Orient and Walsall’s Dean Smith complete the managerial nominees.