Chris Wilder gives update on Sheffield United deadline day signings
Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images

Chris Wilder gives update on Sheffield United deadline day signings

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has confirmed there will be no new signings on deadline day.

The transfer window for Premier League clubs acquiring EFL players is 5pm this evening.

There has been ongoing speculation that a new defender would be incoming. It was thought Wilder wanted a replacement for Jack O’Connell.

O’Connell has had surgery on an ongoing knee problem and is expected to miss most of this season.

Yet Wilder has confirmed he is going to stick with what he’s got.


“No, the players in the building are the ones we are going to go with and take us through to January,” the 53-year-old said in his pre-match press conference – as quoted by Yorkshire Live – when asked if any new signings would be made.

Who Sheffield United were linked with on deadline day

(Photo by Ben Early/Getty Images)

There were a few names being linked with the Blades as a potential alternative to O’Connell.

They considered Terence Kongolo, but medical tests during negotiations revealed the Netherlands international had possibly not fully recovered from a foot injury suffered while on loan at Fulham last season.

The Evening Standard reports Kongolo is instead going to complete a £7m move to Craven Cottage.

Ben Davies was another being looked at, but United could not afford Preston North End’s £10m asking price. They considered a loan-to-buy offer to try and get around it.

Bournemouth’s Diego Rico was also linked, but nothing concrete ever came of it.

It means that Wilder will have to make do with what he’s got. It’s expected Jack Robinson will continue on the left-side of the back three against Fulham on Sunday.

Enda Stevens is another being thought of for the role. Stevens played in central defence during the Blades’ promotion campaign of 2018/19.

It would then see Max Lowe come in as wing-back.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know