Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is ready to “step in” to ensure transfers get completed during the January window, reports The Sheffield Star.
Usually Wilder hands over his list of targets to the board of directors and they take charge of negotiations.
Which the 53-year-old has done this time, telling them he wants a left-sided centre-back and a midfielder.
However, Wilder is also prepared to hold one-on-one discussions with potential new signings to help seal the deal.
The Blades boss knows that convincing players to join the club is becoming increasingly difficult as results on the pitch continue to falter.
Going into the Boxing Day match with Everton, the South Yorkshire side are bottom of the table with no wins and two points from 14 games.
Wilder knows they need to win at least one of their fixtures between now and the January transfer window to still seem an attractive prospect to potential signings.
After the Toffees at home, they visit Burnley on December 29 and then Crystal Palace on January 2.
Which transfers will arrive at Sheffield United?
Wilder has already made it clear no permanent signings will be made in the new year.
Instead, two loanees are being targeted.
In terms of a central defender, Omar Colley looks to be the most likely prospect.
The Sampdoria man is thought to be excited about the prospect of a move to the Premier League. Although Fulham are also thought to be interested.
Ben Davies is a long-term target, but Preston North End won’t let him leave on a temporary basis.
With Davies’ current contract at Preston expiring next summer, the Blades could revisit the deal then.
Marcos Rojo is another who’s been linked with a move to Bramall Lane, yet it’s another Manchester United man who seems to have piqued Wilder’s interest.
Jesse Lingard appears to be the most likely midfield player to arrive on loan.
Talks have already taken place between the two clubs and the Blades are even prepared to cover Lingard’s £100,000-a-week wages.