Sheffield United seek transfer boost before window closes

Chris Wilder, manager of Sheffield United. (Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage)
Chris Wilder, manager of Sheffield United. (Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage)
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CHRIS WILDER is “confident” Sheffield United will have made progress on the recruitment front before the weekend as the countdown continues towards the transfer window closing.

The Blades have made six permanent signings and one loan capture in Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman since the end of last season.

I would imagine a lot of Championship managers are in the same position and it will all ramp up close to the deadline. It is incredible how that always seems to happen but it is how this window works.

Chris Wilder

But Wilder wants to strengthen further as United continue to get to grips with the Championship after six years away.

“We won’t bring anyone in before the Cup game but we are confident something might be happening before the weekend,” said the Bramall Lane chief today.

“We are waiting on other clubs to do business that frees up players. To allow them to go out either permanently or on loan.

“I would imagine a lot of Championship managers are in the same position and it will all ramp up close to the deadline. It is incredible how that always seems to happen but it is how this window works.”

Along with the need to strengthen, Wilder is focused on Tuesday night’s televised Carabao Cup second round tie at home to Leicester City.

United edged past Walsall in the first round as their 49-year-old manager made 11 changes from the starting XI that had beaten Brentford on the opening day.

Ahead of taking on the Foxes, Wilder, who confirmed today he signed a new three-year deal on the eve of the season, said: “There will be changes, as we did against Walsall.

“We will do the same. It isn’t just about looking at the next game, now we are in the Championship we have to plan and look ahead at the schedule.

“But it will be a good opportunity for the likes of George Baldock, who will make his debut. Ched (Evans), Caolan (Lavery) will play, John Lundstram another. (Samir) Carruthers and David Brooks will also get an opportunity. Any more and I will give away my team!

“Whatever teams puts that red and white shirt on, we want them to make a difference and impress. We were critical after walsall so they know where I am with this.”

As for taking on the 2016 Premier League champions, Wilder added: “It has been picked out for the TV and we are delighted with the tie. The club has done a deal on tickets and we are hoping for a decent crowd with a good atmosphere.”