Sheffield United: Loan duo still in Nigel’s sights

John Brayford could return to Sheffield United's starting eleven later this month � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
John Brayford could return to Sheffield United's starting eleven later this month � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins has pledged to continue chasing his first-choice targets in the transfer market despite seeing moves for Dean Hammond and Dan Burn stall.

Adkins, who last night confirmed John Brayford is set to accelerate his comeback from a serious injury by featuring in an under-21 fixture today, acknowledged talks aimed at capturing the duo will continue following this evening’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Notts County.

Burn was poised to join United on emergency loan two weeks ago until Fulham put the move on hold due to a selection crisis at Craven Cottage while Leicester City’s desire to review Hammond’s situation in January has complicated talks over the midfielder’s future.

“There’s players we like to think can help us,” Adkins told The Star. “And players that we like to think might be able to materialise. It hasn’t yet through no fault of our own here but we have to put ourselves in the shoes of other clubs, who want to do right by themselves, too.

“We are striving for consistency and stability. Our goal is to keep pushing the boundaries in everything we do. We need to focus primarily on that and keep everybody on track. Camaraderie is a big thing and we’ve got that and spirit here.”

“Yes, there’s a point when you can’t wait for ever,” Adkins added. “But we don’t want to do anything for the sake of it either because we have good players here too.”

Brayford has been absent since May after damaging knee ligaments during the first-leg of United’s play-off semi-final with Swindon Town. He is set to feature alongside James Wallace and Florent Cuvelier when Sunderland visit Stocksbridge.

“John had a great partnership with Paul (Coutts), who is also only just coming back, at Derby,” Adkins said. “It’s the next part of his progression.”

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