Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has discussed his transfer plans ahead of the club’s return to the Premier League.
The Blades will be playing in England’s top flight for the first time in 12 years next season.
They won promotion with a squad made up entirely of British and Irish players. And Wilder thinks targeting domestic options is the best policy.
“We’ve not had the ability to put three or four scouts in every country in Europe because obviously that’s a cost,” the 51-year-old told the Mirror.
“We don’t shy away from foreign players, but they would have to fit into the togetherness and mentality of what we’ve created.
“People have cottoned on that there’s money in the Premier League and European agents are trying to move their players in. But many of them are expensive.
“It’s suited us when we’ve gone British and I don’t think we’re going to veer away from that too much.”
Who are they targeting?
The article continues to state that Wilder has already started talks with Manchester United about re-signing goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
Henderson played every minute of the Blades’ league games in 2018/19. No ‘keeper in the second tier kept more clean sheets than the 22-year-old. United also had the joint best defensive record.
That deal is likely to be a loan.
They also speculate that the Blades are considering permanent moves for current loanees Scott Hogan and Gary Madine. They spent the latter half of last season on temporary deals from Aston Villa and Cardiff City respectively.
The report goes onto add that Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer is a £4m target and that Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe – who is currently six months into an 18-month loan spell at Rangers – is another possible target.