Sheffield United are now targeting Championship players as part of their transfer plans this month.

The international window closed at 11pm last night, but the Blades can still sign EFL players until 5pm on October 16.

Which is just as well, as manager Chris Wilder wants to find a replacement for Jack O’Connell. The defender is expected to miss the majority of this season after having knee surgery.

Yet Wilder says that signing players from the division, good enough to make the step up to the Premier League, won’t be easy.

“Championship clubs are not going to let their best players go,” the United boss told Yorkshire Live.

“And if we go out for a player from the Championship he’s going to have to be their best player to be playing in the Premier League, because it’s no good bringing in players that are not going to compete.

“I don’t see any relaxation of teams in the Championship in terms of their valuation of players.

“Possibly they’ll ask for more because of the situation they find themselves in. So, that pool of players is really, really small and sometimes that valuation clubs have is not met by ours and we walk away.”

Who are Sheffield United targeting as part of their transfer plans?

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There are two Championship defenders the Blades have their eye on as potential cover for O’Connell. The first is Terence Kongolo, who is valued at around £8m by Huddersfield Town.

Fulham were also thought to be interested in Kongolo after signing the 26-year-old on loan in January. However, they have decided against it and acquired Tosin Adaraybioyo from Manchester City instead.

United, meanwhile, have concerns about the fitness of Kongolo. The Netherlands international has barely played this year after breaking his foot during that temporary spell at Craven Cottage.

Kongolo needed an operation and recent medical tests suggest the centre-back may not be ready to play.

The alternative is Ben Davies, whom Preston North End value at £10m.

Yet Wilder is still apparently preparing for the situation where no one new arrives at Bramall Lane before deadline day.

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