Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins has confirmed Marc McNulty will not be the only player leaving Bramall Lane this month has he paves the way for new signings.
McNulty, the League One club’s leading goalscorer last term, had been scheduled to rejoin Adkins’ squad following a loan spell at Portsmouth before Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Manchester United but his parent club yesterday announced that arrangement will be extended until the end of the season.
Outlining plans to trim the number of professional’s on United’s payroll, Adkins told The Star: “I’m going to be asked all the way through January about comings and goings. That’s quite right because of the time of year. There are 43 professionals here and that’s too many.
“There will be people going out because we have to manage the budget and also the numbers. But, yes, we are endeavouring to bring a couple in. It’s easier, as everybody knows, said than done.”
Although Adkins is keen to bolster the options at his disposal, United’s SCMP obligations are set to trigger a series of departures during the transfer window. Chesterfield are thought to be monitoring Conor Dimaio with a view to brokering a temporary deal for the Steelphalt Academy graduate. Terry Kennedy has returned to South Yorkshire following a brief spell with Cambridge United.
“We want to make sure there’s a spirit about the group,” Adkins said. “That the lads keep having a go for each other, as they are, and I’m very conscious of the fact it has to be entertaining for the supporters.”