Chris Wilder has given an update on when Sheffield United are likely to sign a new striker.

Wilder has made no secret of the fact he wants to bring in a new face upfront during this transfer window.

The 52-year-old told Sky Sports that the Blades have made an enquiry for Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster. Both the South Yorkshire club and Crystal Palace have held talks with the Reds about signing Brewster.

Wilder has even spoken personally with Jurgen Klopp, as the Premier League champions decide what the future holds for the 20-year-old.

Aston Villa and Newcastle United are also interested in Brewster.

Wilder also confirmed that the Blades have made an enquiry for Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun. The Gunners have apparently rejected a £3m offer from Bramall Lane for Balogun and are seeking closer to £15m.

When will Sheffield United sign a new striker?

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The question doesn’t seem to be if Wilder will land a new forward, but when. The Blades are next in action on Monday night when they travel to Villa Park.

Wilder isn’t confident a deal will have been completed by then,

“I think that’s going to be a bit of a struggle, but we’re working away,” he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

“Anything can drop pretty quickly. We’re ready to do business.

“Very doubtful we’ll have anyone in the group for Monday at Villa Park.”

Goals were certainly an issue for the Blades last season – well scoring them, in any case. While they had the fourth best defensive record in the division in 2019/20 behind the top three, they struggled at the other end.

Only three teams scored fewer than Wilder’s side last term and two of those were relegated.

Leon Clarke has since been released and Richairo Zivkovic has returned to China after a largely uninspiring loan spell. Callum Robinson has also left for West Bromwich Albion, although Oli Burke has come the other way to replace him,

Whether it’s Brewster, or Balogun, or both – at least one new attacker is likely to be seen at the club very soon.

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