Sheffield United: Blades scout European markets

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Lee Turnbull, Sheffield United’s head of recruitment, has vowed to leave no stone unturned in the search for players capable of improving Bramall Lane’s first team squad.

The former Middlesbrough centre-forward, who also doubles as United’s chief scout, revealed manager Nigel Adkins would not be adverse to exploiting foreign markets should the opportunity arise.

Sheffield United's new head of recruitment has contacts in Scandinavia

Sheffield United's new head of recruitment has contacts in Scandinavia

“You have to make sure the profile of a player fits within the club’s budget and also the requirements of the manager, it is a very strategic process in many respects,” Turnbull said. “We are aware of the market in the UK, particularly in the lower leagues and into non-league.

“But we also have a good number of contacts across Europe, in places like France, Spain, Holland and Scandinavia.”

Turnbull, who was appointed last week, served under Adkins at Scunthorpe.

Speaking to United’s official website, he added: “We are mindful of where the club wants to be, but to start with it is small steps. Personally I am very excited to be joining the Blades and working with Nigel again.”

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