Chris Wilder says Sheffield United are targeting “five players” and expects an “explosion of signings” next week.
The Blades have secured two new additions so far this summer, both of whom are goalkeepers. Aaron Ramsdale made a return to Bramall Lane from Bournemouth in an £18.5m deal, while Wes Foderingham signed on a free transfer from Rangers.
Wilder’s side are now less than two weeks away from their 2020/21 season opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers on September 14. And the 52-year-old is hoping to add some more new faces to his squad before then.
“I am expecting an explosion of signings next week, hopefully. I am comfortable with it,” Wilder told Yorkshire Live after their 2-0 friendly win at Derby County.
“We have got offers out there, we are talking and hopefully when boys come back from international duty we can start unveiling them as Sheffield United players.
“We are looking at five players but if somebody doesn’t come off we’ll move our attention. But it’s a dance that we have to go through, a process. We are working as hard as any football club.
“We are down the line with a couple of loans and a couple of bids and there is another situation that we are exploring.”
Who are among the ‘five players’ Sheffield United want?
Several names have been linked with the South Yorkshire club in recent times. Yet one of those who now looks unlikely to join is Matty Cash.
The Telegraph reports that Aston Villa have agreed a fee with Nottingham Forest for Cash of £14m, plus £2m in add-ons.
United had a £10m offer for the 23-year-old rejected by Forest, while Fulham had also shown interest.
Another from the Championship being targeted is John Swift, with Villa also thought to be keen on the Reading midfielder. Swift is valued at around £6m.
Rhian Brewster has been strongly linked with a move from Liverpool as well. A loan deal looks the most likely, with Jurgen Klopp’s admiration of Wilder and his management potentially being the key to the Blades winning the race for Brewster.
Ollie Watkins was another possibility, although Brentford apparently want £28m. Again, the Villans look like favourites and are prepared to offer Watkins £70,000-a-week.