Sheffield United: The lure of the Lane

Trial chances: Boss Danny Wilson says the Blades are always willing to work with players of pedigree or potential
Trial chances: Boss Danny Wilson says the Blades are always willing to work with players of pedigree or potential
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DANNY Wilson has insisted Sheffield United remain a “big draw” in the transfer market after revealing that representatives of Angelos Charisteas, a member of Greece’s European-Championship-winning squad, approached him about the possibility of a move to Bramall Lane.

Charisteas, who scored 25 goals in 88 international appearances, including one in the 2004 final against Portugal, has joined fellow trialists Conor Clifford, Ted Cribley and Craig Lynch at the South Yorkshire club.

Wilson told The Star: “Whether people like it or not, Sheffield United’s name has a lot of clout. Whether people know much about thedivision we are in is immaterial because they know our reputation and it’s still a big draw.

“An agent got in touch with us and asked if we’d like to take a look at Angelos. When you get the opportunity to do that, especiallygiven the player’s CV and pedigree, it would be foolish to say no.”

Charisteas, aged 32, featured alongside Chelsea midfielder Clifford and Sunderland striker Lynch in Monday’s under-21 fixture with Huddersfield Town.

Cribley, a graduate of the US college system, also started the match.

Having risen to prominence with Werder Bremen, Charisteas represented Dutch giants Ajax and Feyenoord beforereturning to Germany with FC Nuremberg, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04.

Although United’s recruitment policy has been complicated by new financial measures limiting the amount of money they can spend on players, Wilson added: “It’s all about being in a position to move quickly should the opportunity arise.

“That’s why we bring these lads in. To see how they work, to be able to work with them and see whether they’d fit into our jigsaw if an opening comes up.

“It’s all part of the professional process. We are always looking at players.”

Meanwhile, Wilson has expressed his disappointment at the postponement of last night’s League One game against Crawley Town.

“The schedule is getting very congested,” the United manager said. “The only consolation is that other clubs around us are facing the same situation.