The positions Sheffield United are targeting in the transfer market
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The positions Sheffield United are targeting in the transfer market

Sheffield United have established three positions as priorities during this summer’s transfer market.

The Sheffield Star reports that two new strikers and an attacking midfielder are among the Blades’ key targets.

United are currently preparing for life back in the Premier League for the first time in 12 years.

At present manager Chris Wilder has 16 first team players for next season. That is after taking into account those who will be released, returning to their parent clubs after loan spells, or placed on the transfer list.

One deal looks close to completion, with goalkeeper Dean Henderson expected to rejoin the Blades on loan from Manchester United.

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Yet the attacking third does look a little sparse.

Currently David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp are the only senior options upfront. This is after loanees Scott Hogan and Gary Madine’s contracts ended and Caolan Lavery and Conor Washington were released. Leon Clarke and Ched Evans have also been made available for transfer.

Meanwhile, Mark Duffy is the only natural selection in the number ten role. Kieran Dowell was the other, but he has now returned to Everton.

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Wilder has already sat down with head of recruitment Paul Mitchell to draw up a list of targets.

According to the Sheffield Star, Swansea City top scorer Oli McBurnie is among them. United have renewed their interest in McBurnie after making an enquiry about the 22-year-old last summer.

Since then the Scotland international has scored 24 goals in all competitions. However, Brighton and Hove Albion are also keen after former Swans boss Graham Potter was named their new manager.

Middlesbrough’s Britt Assombalonga and Neal Maupay of Brentford are alternatives to McBurnie. Birmingham City attacker Jota is also being considered.

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