Transfer deadline day has arrived, with the window closing at 11pm this evening.
Yet this shouldn’t create panic at Sheffield United, despite the fact they are still in the market for new players.
Manager Chris Wilder wants to sign a replacement for Jack O’Connell, who is likely to miss the majority of this season after having knee surgery.
Wilder wants someone who, like O’Connell, is comfortable playing on the left-side of a three-man central defence. Huddersfield Town’s Terence Kongolo is linked. As is Ben Davies of Preston North End, while The Sun (October 2, page 55) claims Bournemouth defender Diego Rico is also being considered.
Meanwhile, a new creative midfielder could come through the door at Bramall Lane as well. The same report claims that David Brooks might make a return to South Yorkshire.
Brooks left the Blades for the Vitality Stadium in 2018. Yet with the two clubs having now swapped positions, the Wales international is expected to move back to the Premier League.
Ignore deadline day
The one thing that all of these apparent targets have in common is that they currently play for Championship clubs. Which should come as little surprise.
Since gaining promotion from the division themselves in 2019, United have signed eight players from the second tier of English football.
With limited finances it represents a good market for them to shop. Wilder likes to identify talent he believes can make the step up to the top flight.
It doesn’t always work out, but the club has to operate with the resources they have.
If they decide to follow a similar path in the closing stages of this window – as the rumours suggest – then they actually have another 11 days to complete their business.
That’s because the deadline for deals between Premier League and EFL clubs is 5pm on October 16.
So while most top tier sides scramble around today to bring in new targets, the Blades can continue their negotiations relatively stress free.