Sheffield United: Striker deal is still alive despite Blades' interest in an alternative target

Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn is wanted by Sheffield United
Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn is wanted by Sheffield United
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Sheffield United are continuing their pursuit of Ipswich Town's Martyn Waghorn, despite making an approach for another attacking player as Chris Wilder attempts to bolster his team's promotion credentials.

Sheffield United are continuing their pursuit of Ipswich Town's Martyn Waghorn, despite making an approach for another attacking player as Chris Wilder attempts to bolster his team's promotion credentials.

United, who this morning confirmed goalkeeper Simon Moore has agreed a new long term contract at Bramall Lane, have offered their Championship rivals around £5m in exchange for the 28-year-old centre-forward.

Although Derby County also want to sign Waghorn, and are reportedly prepared to pay around £3m more, Wilder believes the structure of United's bid makes it a more attractive proposition for both the former Rangers marksman and his employers at Portman Road.

Ben Woodburn, of Liverpool and Wales, is another potential target while, as The Star revealed earlier this summer, United are exploring several lines of enquiry abroad.

"We've put a bid for another player," Wilder responded, when asked if negotiations with Ipswich had advanced. "We've done that this morning.

"It's a game of poker at the moment, as you'd expect. What I think you'll see happen, in fact what I'm sure will happen, is that the market will suddenly spring into life as the deadline gets closer or a couple of other deals elsewhere fall into place."

United are pressing ahead with their bid to sign Waghorn, even though Wilder is not prepared to meet Ipswich's £10m valuation. Relations between the two clubs are thought to remain cordial, despite Paul Hurst's insistence he does not need to sell. With sources in the East Midlands suggesting County could be forced to offload players before progressing their own interest in Waghorn, Middlesbrough are also monitoring his situation in Suffolk. But United, who complete their pre-season preparations with a visit to Doncaster Rovers tomorrow, remain convinced they are still in the hunt.

"If you ask me if our squad will be in better shape by the the time we kick-off than it did last summer," Wilder said, "Then I'll say 'yes', it will."