Chris Wilder gives update on Sheffield United striker search
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Chris Wilder gives update on Sheffield United striker search

Chris Wilder says that Sheffield United are “trying” to sign a striker, following a disappointing start to the new season.

The Blades failed to find the back of the net as Wolverhampton Wanderers beat them 2-0 in the Premier League.

It was another poor showing in front of goal at Bramall Lane, with only three teams scoring fewer than United last term.

“We’re trying to (sign a striker) – discussions and enquiries as well,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield after the Wolves loss.

“It’s an area where I believe we need to bring somebody into compete, especially with losing Lys (Mousset) now as well for a while.

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“We need somebody at the top of the pitch to complement the players that we’ve got. That’s where a lot of things are decided, at the top of the pitch.

“We need to make sure we’ve got options.”

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It’s hardly as if Wilder is short of options upfront as things stand. Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp started on Monday night, while David McGoldrick was brought off the bench.

New signing Oli Burke was also among the substitutes, although having failed to play at all during pre-season isn’t considered to be match fit.

McGoldrick is also nursing a foot injury picked up during international duty with the Republic of Ireland. Mousset is sidelined for some time as well, with Wilder confirming the Frenchman has injured his toe.

Plus, the Blades start with two up top, so different personnel are needed.

Rhian Brewster has been strongly linked with a move from Liverpool. United have held talks with the Reds about Brewster and a detailed development programme has been submitted.

Another option appears to be Folarin Balogun, with Arsenal said to have rejected a £3m offer from South Yorkshire for the 19-year-old. Apparently the Gunners want closer to £15m for Balogun.

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