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Sheffield United reportedly hoping to bring in new signing ahead of FA Cup tie

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is hopeful of working with at least one new signing this week, reports The Sheffield Star.

Wilder is targeting two loan signings during the January transfer window, with a left-sided defender and a creative midfielder on his wish list.

The 53-year-old will be hoping the introduction of new faces can help kickstart the Blades’ season.

They are currently bottom of the Premier League table with just two points from 17 games.

United are also the lowest scorers in the top flight with just eight goals scored so far in 2020/21.

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After a busy festive period, they now have some time away from league action. Which may be no bad thing.

Up next for Wilder’s side is a trip to League One Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup third round on Saturday. That’s followed by Newcastle United at home on January 12.

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In terms of a midfielder, there appears to be only one clear target for the Blades – Jesse Lingard.

The Manchester United man has been strongly linked with a loan move to Bramall Lane, although several other teams are thought to be interested.

As for a centre-back, there are two options. The first is Sampdoria’s Omar Colley.

Colley is believed to be excited about the prospect of moving to England. However, Wilder knows attracting foreign talent to a club without a win this season could prove tricky.

The other is Ben Davies. Preston North End’s centre-back is a long-term target for Wilder.

The Blades boss was keen to sign Davies in October when it became clear Jack O’Connell would miss the majority of the campaign after having knee surgery.

The 25-year-old is out of contract at Deepdale this summer and is unlikely to sign a new deal. Therefore, the South Yorkshire side may make a loan-to-buy bid for Davies.

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