Sheffield United: Blades identify at least five targets

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Sheffield United have held talks with at least five potential targets as Nigel Adkins attempts to bolster the options at his disposal before this evening’s transfer deadline.

But The Star understands that negotiations with the players and their parent clubs have been complicated by Adkins’ desire to make permanent rather than temporary signings.

The United manager, who has criticised the decision to schedule tonight’s JP Trophy tie at Hartlepool only two hours after the window closes, wants to recruit a defender and a midfielder ahead of the meeting with Ronnie Moore’s side.

“I’m of the opinion that it (the window) should close when the season starts,” Adkins said. “I’ve been on record saying that and I think, if you listen to what every other manager is saying, most think the same thing.”

“We’re having conversations and are very active behind the scenes,” Adkins added. “But, as with everything else, there are never any guarantees. If we get them done, then we’ll be very pleased. If not, then we get on with things because we already have a very honest, hard-working group of players who want to improve and who want the best for this football club.”

United’s under-21’s drew 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane yesterday. Jamie McDonagh scored.