Nigel Adkins has described Lee Turnbull’s arrival at Sheffield United as a major coup for the League One club, writes James Shield.
Turnbull was appointed its new head of recruitment after leaving Scunthorpe towards the end of last month and is responsible for co-ordinating Bramall Lane’s policy in the transfer market.
Adkins worked closely with the former Middlesbrough centre-forward at Glanford Park and said: “It was very important to bring Lee Turnbull in. I previously worked with him at Scunthorpe United and we finally got it over the line.
“I tried to get him at previous clubs on other times, too. He is excellent from my point of view and knows players.
“He is out there, from a scouting point if view. That is very helpful because I can’t be everywhere.
“He is a trusted guy and he knows both the league we operate in now and the one above.”
Adkins, the United manager, has placed a striker and a centre-half at the top of his wanted-list although other priorities could emerge should bids be received for players such as Jamie Murphy or Matt Done. However, while they are known to interest Leeds and Wigan Athletic respectively, The Star understands that no bids had last night been received from either club.
Adkins, meanwhile, is a confirmed admirer of Leeds marksman Billy Sharp. The former United youngster trained with his team mates at Thorp Arch yesterday and is scheduled to take part when Uwe Rosler’s side visit Harrogate Town for a friendly this evening.
Mark Bunn, the former United goalkeeper, has joined Aston Villa from Norwich City.
Bunn said: “I’m delighted to find myself working with Tony Parks again as he was the goalkeeping coach at Norwich City so he knows me really well.
“Aston Villa is a huge football club, as everybody knows, and this was too good an opportunity to miss out on.”