Blades in talks to break loan deadlock

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SHEFFIELD United will today hold further talks with the Football League aimed at bringing John Fleck and Kyle Hutton to Bramall Lane, manager Danny Wilson has confirmed.

Wilson attempted to sign the Glasgow Rangers duo on loan before last week’s transfer deadline, only for the governing body to declare that United had failed to lodge the necessary paperwork in time.

With officials at the South Yorkshire club arguing technology rather than human error was to blame for the delay, the issue had threatened to overshadow Saturday’s meeting with Bury until goals from Chris Porter, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Matthew Lowton and substitute Erik Tonne extended United’s unbeaten run in League One competition to six games.

Wilson, who revealed beforehand that a dossier of evidence supporting his claims has been lodged at the organisation’s Preston HQ, said: “Of course it’s frustrating but if we hadn’t won then it would’ve been more difficult.

“At least now we can talk calmly about the issues rather than be angry.”

Asked when he hoped to receive the FL’s final ruling, Wilson replied: “How long is a piece of string?”

United are also understood to have discussed James Beattie’s situation at Ibrox after approaching Fleck and Hutton. But, having reportedly been released by the Scottish giants, their former striker would have to significantly lower his wage demands in order for United to consider luring him back to England.

Despite failing to write his name on the score sheet, Stephen Quinn was the architect of a result which saw United climb to second in the table.

Blackpool had a bid rejected for the midfielder earlier this week and Wilson, who once signed him on loan during a previous spell at MK Dons, said: “I’ve known Quinny for a long time and what I really like is his effervescent character. That wasn’t his best game. That’s not a criticism, just that he sets himself high standards.”

Meanwhile, United have been paired with neighbours Rotherham in the second round of the JP Trophy following last week’s triumph over Burton Albion.

Wilson, whose team travel to Don Valley next month, said: “It will be a tough one for us.”