Sheffield United: Blades want fresh approach to transfers

Motherwell's manager Stuart McCall

Motherwell's manager Stuart McCall

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Sheffield United have told managers vying to succeed Danny Wilson at Bramall Lane that they will be expected to adopt a more imaginative approach in the transfer market, writes James Shield.

The Star revealed earlier this month that Karl Robinson, Stuart McCall and the Football Association’s former head of elite development Gareth Southgate feature on a short-list of names which also includes first team coach Chris Morgan.

United could hold face to face talks with Robinson later this week providing permission is granted by MK Dons while Motherwell yesterday acknowledged they have received an approach regarding the availability of McCall.

However, with chief executive Julian Winter recently insisting last season’s League One play-off semi-finalists must become a “sustainable” business, applicants are being told their recruitment plans must focus on delivering value for money as well as sporting talent to South Yorkshire.

“The idea is to try and concentrate on bringing in the best people available rather than the most expensive in terms of fees or the biggest names,” a source confirmed last night. “People who are proven performers at this level because Sheffield United is still a big draw.”

McCall signed a new two year deal with the Scottish Premier League runners-up in March.

Robinson is understood to be on a rolling contract at stadium:mk although his terms of employment are also likely to include a release clause.

Wilson parted company with United six weeks ago following 23 months in charge.

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