Sheffield United manager David Weir has received the go-ahead to strengthen his squad before next week’s transfer deadline, writes James Shield.
The South Yorkshire club’s board of directors are believed to have informed Weir that funds would be made available for new signings following Kevin McDonald’s transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this month.
A centre-forward and attacking midfielder top United’s wanted-list although Weir, who could offer Elazigspor’s Jake Jervis a route back into English football, recently confirmed he would welcome reinforcements at centre-half should the opportunity arise.
“We’ve got good players but we’re always looking to improve,” he said. “It’s an on-going process so we’re always trying to stay on top of who is out there and who might fit into what we want to do.
“It’s not a case of just picking things up as and when.”
Despite preferring not to reveal the identities of players regarded as potential targets - “It’s not right to talk about people at other clubs” - Weir is monitoring Jervis’ availability according to sources in Turkey while Coventry City striker Callum Wilson is thought to boast admirers at Bramall Lane.
The Star understands that Leyton Orient’s Kevin Lisbie interested United midway through last season, together with Walsall’s James Baxendale. Lisbie, however, subsequently agreed a new contract at the Matchroom Stadium and is settled with Russell Slade’s side.
United are also known to be pursuing a number of other, as yet undisclosed, options at top-flight and Championship level.
Despite reports to the contrary, City captain Carl Baker did not spend last week training at the Redtooth Academy.
Meanwhile, United goalkeeper George Long (England) and full-back Sean McGinty (Republic of Ireland) have been selected to represent their respective countries in the latest round of UEFA under-21 Championship qualifiers. They are expected to miss the visit to Rotherham United on September 7 as a result.