Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom is already kicking on with potential summer transfers ahead of the window opening in two weeks.

The Blades are thought to have a concrete plan in place when it comes to new signings this summer. Despite a small budget of around £20m being earmarked for new signings, United are also looking to explore the loan market and free-agency.

And according to the Sheffield Star today, United boss Paul Heckingbottom has already instructed intermediaries to start talks with certain targets.

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Sheffield United moving quick to secure summer transfers

The Star reports that sources within the game – including some agents – are reporting that reps acting for Heckingbottom are already engaging in talks with certain players.

Indeed, the United manager’s approach has even been described as ‘aggressive’. That’s a nod to Heckingbottom now being given free license to approach targets, after being frustrated under the club’s embargo in January.

A number of names are already being linked with moves to Bramall Lane this summer.

Conor Coady is said to be of interest in defence. Meanwhile, Ryan Kent is a free agent who United like, while last season’s loan stars James McAtee and Tommy Doyle remain of interest.

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United’s strict budget and the fact we’ll be paying much less in wages than 90% of the Premier League means Hecky has to start talks ASAP.

He has to get his pitch into players and agents and hope that the idea of playing for United appeals to people over money. Of course, it’s easier said than done.

On the whole, though, it’s good to see Heckingbottom and United making moves. Signings will be key this summer to give the Blades any chance of survival.

United are still to release their retained list as well. The results of which, could well influence transfer plans.

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