Sheffield United: Blades back in for Fulham defender

Fulham's Dan Burn tussles with Sheffield United's Martyn Woolford in the Capital One Cup two weeks ago
Fulham's Dan Burn tussles with Sheffield United's Martyn Woolford in the Capital One Cup two weeks ago

Sheffield United will resurrect their interest in Dan Burn when the emergency loan window opens on Wednesday, The Star understands.

Burn had been set to join Nigel Adkins’ side from Fulham before the deadline for permanent signings last week but the transfer stalled due to an undisclosed contractual issue.

But with both clubs determined to push the deal through, United hope to unveil the defender later this month. Burn and his representative are also thought to have signalled their approval when Bramall Lane’s hierarchy were granted permission to open talks.

Although Adkins has refused to elaborate on the matter publicly, he pointedly refused to rule-out the possibility his “leading targets” arriving in the near future before launching a staunch defence of United’s recruitment policy.

“We are always looking to improve,” he said. “But there is a good balance here at the moment and we don’t want to upset that. So, anybody who comes in must strengthen that.

“What we will never do is just bring people here for the sake of it. We identify our leading targets and then try to work towards those.”

Burn, aged 23, was a member of the Fulham team which knocked United out of the Capital One Cup 13 days ago. The former Blyth youngster, who stands over two metres tall, has also won promotion to the Championship with Yeovil Town when, after beating United at the semi-final stage, they lifted the 2013 play-off trophy at Wembley Stadium. Burn scored what proved to be the decisive goal during a 2-1 victory over Brentford.

United, whose game against Colchester last weekend was postponed due to international call-ups, are known to have approached an as yet unidentified Premier League club about the possibility of raiding their squad before the transfer window closed on September 1.

Meanwhile, Che Adams could make his debut for England under-20’s when they host the Czech Republic at Greenhous Meadow this evening. Adams’ United colleagues David Edgar and Louis Reed are also on international duty with their respective countries.