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Area Sheffield United are reportedly prioritising for new signings as Wilder says recruitment has begun

Sheffield United have already begun the process for targeting new signings this summer.

The Blades don’t even know which division they’ll be playing in, with relegation looking highly likely.

With only 13 Premier League matches left, they are bottom of the table and 14 points from safety.

But manager Chris Wilder says the recruitment process has already started.

“You always have plans,” Wilder told Yorkshire Live.

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“I don’t know exactly what the financial situation of the club is, so that’s something the board will factor in with what happens in the summer, whether we do retain Premier League status or we find ourselves in the Championship.

“There’s big decisions and big conversations off the back of that.

“The recruitment team is still ploughing ahead in terms of identifying players as we have always done.”

Sheffield United particularly want signings in this area

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If United are relegated to the Championship, then they want to bounce back to the top flight at the first attempt.

That means that head of recruitment, Paul Mitchell, is creating two lists of targets. One if the Blades pull off the seemingly impossible and stay up. And one with players who can fire them to promotion in 2021/22.

In both cases, the area they are particularly targeting for new signings is midfield.

John Lundstram is set to leave Bramall Lane this summer when his contract expires. Talks with Lundstram about a new deal broke down months ago.

Meanwhile, unsurprisingly Sander Berge is being strongly linked with a move away from United if they are relegated. Berge is certainly too good to be playing in the second tier of English football.

Luke Freeman could also depart if Nottingham Forest decide to take up the option to make his current loan deal a permanent one.

Ethan Ampadu will return to Chelsea at the end of this season when his own loan spell ends. Finally, Jack Rodwell is unlikely to be given a new contract having made just two appearances since joining the South Yorkshire side in January 2020.

That leaves Wilder with John Fleck, Ollie Norwood and Ben Osborn as midfield options.

It’s therefore no surprise that is the priority for recruitment.

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