Chris Wilder has confirmed Sheffield United are targeting “two or three” new signings in the January transfer window.

With just 12 days to go until the market reopens, Wilder wants to add some new additions to his squad.

“We’re possibly looking at two or three players coming into the group. Not big changes,” the Blades manager told BBC Radio Sheffield.

“Maybe a couple going out, but two or three coming in to give us a lift and boost in the changing room. And to strengthen the squad for the second part of the season.

“We need to have serious competition. We’re actively looking and we’d love to push the button early on, but it’s not as easy as we’d like it to be.”

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Wilder went onto confirm that improving defence and midfield is more of a priority than attack. The club signed three new players – breaking their transfer record each time – in the final third over the summer.

Yet the rest of the starting XI still mainly comprises of those players who helped get them promoted from the Championship.

Central defence appears to be a particular area that needs improvement. The back three of Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell have been excellent so far this season. In fact only leaders Liverpool and second-placed Leicester City have better defensive records in the Premier League.

Phil Jagielka rejoined the club in the summer and is a great experienced head to help guide the other centre-backs. Yet beyond that things look less certain.

Kean Bryan is still young but is perhaps not cut out for top flight football just yet. Meanwhile, Richard Stearman is at the other end of his career and is clearly some way off a place in Wilder’s team.

Everton’s Mason Holgate is the player being most strongly linked to fill the position. Yet Wilder was coy when asked about potential interest in him.

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