Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, has criticised “lazy recruitment” at other clubs.
Although Wilder doesn’t mention any names specifically, this probably refers to the Premier League sides who consistently seem to be linked with the same targets.
The Blades had a £2m offer for Antonee Robinson accepted by Wigan Athletic this month, before newly promoted Fulham signed the left-back instead. They are said to have offered Robinson £50,000-a-week to gazump United.
Although, Aaron Ramsdale did eventually make an £18.5m move to Bramall Lane, it wasn’t before Aston Villa tried to hijack the transfer. On this occasion, Ramsdale made his return to South Yorkshire from Bournemouth.
Yet there have been several cases of those two sides, in particular, seemingly watching Wilder’s recruitment process and trying to usurp him.
“I do think there’s quite a lot of lazy recruitment out there,” the 52-year-old told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“Sheffield United are in for him, speculation, and all of a sudden other teams are in for players.”
Another example of Sheffield United recruitment being hijacked
There has been recent speculation surrounding another key target. Perhaps unsurprisingly, both the Cottagers and Villa are involved.
The Blades have already had a £10m bid for Matty Cash rejected, with Nottingham Forest holding out for £15m. This rumour had been progressing for some time before the Villans apparently joined the chase.
Now Fulham are the latest to move in, with it even being claimed they are the “favourites” for Cash’s signature as they prepare a £10m-plus-player offer.
Wilder will still remain hopeful of his chances, though. Especially as Luke Freeman is about to go the other way and join Forest on loan.
Whenever a serious link involving the Blades emerges, these two seem to be named shortly after. With them safe in the knowledge that, if it comes down to money, their pockets will always be deeper.