New policy as Wilson seeks quick-fix striker

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Sheffield United: Search goes on as trialists arrive

Wilson wants to increase the attacking options at his disposal after receiving permission to re-enter the market ahead of this week’s meeting with Coventry City at Bramall Lane.

Given the demands of SCMP, which limits how much teams in the bottom two divisions can spend on players, United have preferred to target younger players in recent months.

But, as the battle for promotion enters a critical phase, Wilson will also be granted free reign to pursue more experienced options as coaching staff seek a quick-fix to their chequered form.

United are sixth - one place and four points above Mark Robins’ side - after seeing injuries wreak havoc with the former Northern Ireland international’s selections in recent weeks.

“Goals are what make the difference,” Wilson, speaking earlier this month, said. “They ultimately get you to where you want to be and the more you’ve got in your team the better it is.”

United hope to strengthen their squad irrespective of whether Nick Blackman is lured away from South Yorkshire.

Blackman, aged 23, has impressed since his summer move from Blackburn Rovers with Reading and an unnamed Championship club among those understood to be monitoring his progress after Crystal Palace failed with a £1m bid.

United included trialists Conor Clifford and Craig Lynch in the under-21 squad which hosted Crewe Alexandra yesterday.

Clifford, of Chelsea, is a Republic of Ireland youth international while Sunderland’s Lynch recently enjoyed a spell on loan with United’s League One rivals Hartlepool.