Chris Wilder has appeared to take another swipe at clubs hijacking Sheffield United transfers after completing a triple swoop.
The Blades signed Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe from Derby County yesterday in a double deal reported to be £15m by Sky Sports. They also secured Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
They become United’s first outfield signings of the transfer window. Goalkeepers Aaron Ramsdale and Wes Foderingham previously joined from Bournemouth and Rangers respectively.
After securing Bogle and Lowe, Wilder seemed to criticise teams who only target players because others are.
“We’ve got a clear plan and identification of what we need and we’re still going through that process,” the 52-year-old told the club’s website.
“We’re not just signing players because other people are in for them, we’re signing these players because they fit into what we are about.”
Why might Wilder think clubs are hijacking Sheffield United transfers?
Bogle and Lowe arrive at Bramall Lane after the failure to sign two other full-backs from the Championship.
The Blades had a £2m offer accepted by Wigan Athletic for Antonee Robinson. Yet Robinson instead joined newly promoted Fulham after they offered the USA international more money.
Villa, in particular, have been linked with several United targets soon after speculation emerged. They were believed to be in advanced talks with Reading midfielder John Swift, but once again the Birmingham side entered the race.
The Villans have also been linked with Rhian Brewster, yet again after the Blades appeared to be keen on the Liverpool striker.
Wilder previously criticised others moving in for their targets and called it “lazy recruitment”.
At least this time the United boss can make his frustrations known after actually completing three new signings.