SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson could enter the loan market later this week despite seeing his move for Glasgow Rangers duo John Fleck and Kyle Hutton become entangled by red tape.
Wilson, whose side extended their unbeaten start to the new League One season when they overcame Bury 4-0 on Saturday, is believed to have received the green light from Bramall Lane’s board of directors to bolster his options during the emergency loan window.
Although a striker and defender are understood to top United’s wish-list, Wilson could be forced to revise his plans depending upon the outcome of talks with the Football League aimed at bringing Fleck and Hutton to England.
The former Northern Ireland international has also made no attempt to disguise the fact that a goalkeeper capable of challenging Steve Simonsen would be desirable after admitting youngster George Long needs regular first-team football in order to progress.
“We’re always looking,” Wilson said. “We try to have things in place to cover most eventualities.
“The lads have shown a great attitude ever since I’ve been here.
“The way they have approached things has been excellent and they’ve demonstrated bags of character.
“But it’s no secret that we might still be a little bit light in terms of numbers. We’ll just have to see what’s possible.”
United, who return to action at Scunthorpe this weekend, are continuing to negotiate with the FL in an effort to ratify a swoop for the Rangers youngsters.
Fleck and Hutton appeared destined for South Yorkshire when the Scottish giants agreed to loan them to United on Wednesday but a series of technological glitches meant the deal was not processed before the 11pm deadline.
Rangers are understood to have completed their half of the paperwork and United have submitted a dossier of evidence which they believe proves they acted in good faith.
Both clubs had expected to receive the governing body’s decision on Friday but, speaking after the Bury clash, Wilson admitted it was impossible to predict when the matter will be resolved.
“When will we know? How long is a piece of string,” he said.