Sheffield United: Chris Wilder revises his target list following the departure of David Brooks

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has taken his squad to Portugal
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has taken his squad to Portugal
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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has revised his list of transfer targets following David Brooks' move to AFC Bournemouth, admitting he wants to sign a replacement for the Wales international.

Brooks joined the Premier League club last week in a deal potentially worth up to £15m.

Despite initial plans to recruit two centre-forwards and a centre-half during this summer's window, Wilder is now investigating the possibility of bringing in an attacking midfielder as well following the youngster's departure.

"It's an area we are going to have to look at," he said. "Because someone has gone out, we're going to have to examine where it leaves us. There's lots of work going on but, with Broosky going, we've got to decide if we need to add to that position."

United will receive an intial payment of £4m from Bournemouth on July 1, according to a High Court judge following a preliminary hearing into the dispute between co-owners HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Kevin McCabe last month. Mr Justice Fancourt, outlining his reasons to refuse a request from one of McCabe's companies that another, controlled by Prince Abdullah, should be ordered to loan United's parent company £1.25m, explained Brooks' fee was liable to be paid in instalments rather than as a lump sum. The two men, who each control 50 per cent of Blades Leisure Limited, are both vying for sole control of the Championship side.

Wilder, whose squad travelled to Portugal over the weekend ahead of Thursday's friendly against Maritimo, is known to be monitoring Southampton's Sam Gallagher and Scott Hogan of Aston Villa after acknowledging United need four centre-forwards to mount another promotion challenge. They finished 10th last season but entered the pentultimate match of the campaign chasing play-off qualification.

"We want to keep heading in the right direction," Wilder, who has admitted Ricky Holmes could yet fill the void created by Brooks' sale, said. "We want to do what we can to keep on improving."