Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, has given an update on upcoming transfers into the club.
Unfortunately for fans, they probably shouldn’t expect large sums to be spent, with Wilder telling Yorkshire Live: “We have made our big signing now.”
That is in reference to Aaron Ramsdale, who has completed an £18.5m switch to Bramall Lane from Bournemouth.
Although United remain interested in signing Matty Cash and John Swift from Nottingham Forest and Reading respectively, fees look unlikely to exceed that paid for Ramsdale.
“The market is slow, there’s not much happening,” Wilder said after the pre-season friendly with Dundee United.
“There’s a couple of players potentially who are going to go out and a couple of positions to cover and improve.
“We are working overtime as we always are. We have made our big signing now and we have to make sure from a financial point of view that we see what’s available.
“The loan market is available to us and we are going to use that.”
What that means for Sheffield United transfers
While Cash and Swift could still end up in South Yorkshire, it looks like transfer negotiations all round could be tough. Particularly as Wilder is keen to also sign a new striker.
Who that could be remains unclear. What does seem unlikely is that Ollie Watkins will make a move to the Blades from Brentford.
There has been interest, but either Aston Villa or Fulham now seem like the most likely destination for Watkins. Essentially, they have been priced out by the Bees’ valuation of the 24-year-old.
This will be especially galling after also missing out to the Cottagers in pursuit of Antonee Robinson. Despite agreeing a £2m fee for Robinson, Fulham won the race after offering more money to the left-back.
There are two other forwards said to be on Wilder’s radar. They are Club Brugge’s Emmanuel Dennis and Darwin Nunez of Almeria. Yet they face strong competition for both of them as well.