Lee is fully focused, says Wilson

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has insisted speculation linking Lee Williamson with a move to Burnley will not undermine the player’s performances as the South Yorkshire club battles to secure automatic promotion from League One.

Instead Wilson, who described reports that Williamson will be allowed to leave Bramall Lane during the emergency loan window as “nonsense”, told The Star his squad remains “fully focused” on securing a top-two finish.

“It’s certainly not affected Lee so far, has it,” Wilson said. “I know where this story has come from but there’s no way anyone is going to be leaving here now.

“Lee, like the rest of the lads here, is completely committed to trying to get us up. I’ve got no worries about it distracting him whatsoever.”

Having emerged from what was expected to be an eventful transfer window unscathed, Wilson will not welcome being forced to discuss the future of United’s key players as the season enters its decisive phase. Wilson’s side entertain Tranmere Rovers tomorrow second in the table - two points ahead of third-placed Sheffield Wednesday - with only 10 fixtures remaining.

Williamson has emerged as an influential figure after fellow midfielder Kevin McDonald was ruled out with a hamstring strain. Nevertheless, Burnley are known to be monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation closely, with representatives of Turf Moor’s scouting department attending the majority of United’s home matches in recent weeks.

Derby County have also been regular visitors as they consider whether to bid for defender Matthew Lowton at the end of the campaign.

Wilson added: “We are concentrating only on the next match - no further than that because we’ve got good professionals here.”