Blades in limbo as transfer verdict delayed

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SHEFFIELD United were last night still awaiting confirmation whether Glasgow Rangers duo John Fleck and Kyle Hutton will be allowed to join them on loan.

Both officials at Bramall Lane and their counterparts north of the border had expected to discover whether a season-long deal for the youngsters would be ratified by the Football League yesterday after being completed less than 10 minutes after the midweek transfer deadline.

But despite initial indications that the matter would be resolved, Fleck and Hutton’s hopes of moving to England still appear to be hanging in the balance, with a final ruling possible this morning.

United blame technological problems for the delay and have submitted a dossier of evidence, including time-stamped e-mails and faxes, to the FL for consideration.

Rangers, who completed their half of the paperwork, have confirmed it would be impossible to resurrect the switch during the forthcoming emergency window due to Scottish regulations.

Meanwhile, United midfielder Stephen Quinn has welcomed Danny Wilson’s approach to games since taking charge of the South Yorkshire club in May.

United made their debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Burton Albion on Tuesday and booked their place in today’s second-round draw by beating Paul Peschisolido’s side 2-1. Wilson has dismissed claims the tournament could prove an unwelcome distraction later in the season, and Quinn, who is expected to start when United return to League One competition against Bury this afternoon, said: “He’s instilled a mentality here that’s a winning mentality.

“No matter what the match or what is at stake, he wants us to win in.

“It’s something that’s gone right the way through the squad and it’s great to see.

“A game of football always counts so who wants to lose?”

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