Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, says he is “frustrated” with the club’s transfer progress this summer.
The Blades have only signed two new players ahead of the new season starting on September 14. Both are goalkeepers, with Aaron Ramsdale arriving in an £18.5m deal from Bournemouth and Wes Foderingham joining as a free agent from Rangers.
With United’s Premier League opener with Wolverhampton Wanderers less than two weeks’ away, no other new signings are imminent.
“We may have to walk away from some deals, we may have to take our time on deals, but there are definitely targets and they are position-specific reflecting on last season and what we need, what worked and what hasn’t worked,” Wilder told the Yorkshire Post.
“If it means player trading then it means player trading, if it means loan market then it means loans. If it means free transfers or a couple of small deals then that’s the way it’s going to be.
“I am frustrated because I want everybody in – that’s the nature of the business.”
Who is Chris Wilder targeting for Sheffield United?
There are two deals that did look close to completion, but issues have since arisen. Both Reading midfielder John Swift and Nottingham Forest’s Matty Cash have been strongly linked.
Swift is expected to leave the Royals as they look to reduce their wage bill. Yet despite negotiations having been at an advanced stage at one point, signing the 25-year-old now seems less certain.
Apparently, Aston Villa are also interested and are ready to pay £6m for Swift.
As for Cash, the Blades have already had a £10m offer for the right-back rejected. Once again it seems like Villa could win this race, with £12m thought to be good enough to land the 23-year-old.
There could still be departures as well, with the club open to offers for John Lundstram. Lundstram has entered the final year of his current contract and unless he signs an extension, could be sold.
Callum Robinson could also leave and has been named in a potential swap deal with West Bromwich Albion winger, Oliver Burke.