DANNY Wilson has warned rival clubs not to treat Sheffield United as a soft touch in the transfer market.
Wilson, the United manager, issued the threat as interest in two of Bramall Lane’s highest profile names gathered pace ahead of tonight’s deadline for new signings.
Despite being unable to guarantee that the likes of Stephen Quinn and Nick Montgomery will still be at his disposal when AFC Bournemouth visit South Yorkshire tomorrow, Wilson said: “Let’s put this on record. We’re not here to give people away.
“There’s no firesale as such. If people come in then they’ll have to pay the going rate.”
Montgomery, United’s longest serving player, counts Leeds, Burnley, Blackpool and Huddersfield Town among his list of admirers.
Quinn, a former Republic of Ireland under-21 international, is being monitored by Charlton Athletic and Hull City.
Wilson, speaking last night, continued: “There’s been a few enquiries for Monty but nothing concrete.”
By their own admission, United must make savings to comply with new financial legislation which pegs a club’s expenditure to a percentage of its total turnover.
Wilson said: “We’re not actively looking to bring someone in but, if we can, then there are areas we’ve identified where we can possibly work in.
“This is the problem (with transfer windows). It’s impossible to answer anything unless you can read other people’s minds.”
Wilson added: “Right now there are no offers on the table but if you are going to do something then you do it late. Things can get left right until the last moment.
“If anything happens it will be a surprise and an unfortunate one at that but we’ll deal with it.”