Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has confirmed that we now have bids in for those players top of his wishlist this summer and although he wouldn’t be drawn into specifically naming names, given the speculation on the rumour mill it’s safe enough to make some educated guesses.
The Star carried his interview prior to the squad heading out to Portugal on Monday and they suggest that two of his targets are previously linked Southampton striker Sam Gallagher and Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan.
“We’ve got two or three bids in for players, players who make us better. Players of proven Championship experience and above, they take longer to get in because the numbers are greater and the interest is greater.”
The star apparently then specifically asked about the two players named above and Wilder was coy in his answer, simply saying that with a lot of good talent out there, we are looking at those who have played at the top end of the Championship previously, restating that it’s not a ‘revolution, it’s evolution’ as we quietly continue to try and grow in every direction we can.
With the current disagreement between our co-owners that I’m sure fans are aware of, former chief executive Steve Bettis is expected to be announced as a ‘conduit’ between both parties moving forward and his return should help accelerate transfer plans as well as Wilder is still awaiting confirmation of how much of David Brooks’ fee he’ll get in instantly reinvest in the squad.
Bettis is expected to take up the Chief Operating Officer role and Wilder also confirmed he’d already held talks with him and he said he was ‘delighted’ he was back.
Goal.com have also linked us as registering an offer for Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn, but it’s not believed the Welsh international 18-year-old will be allowed out until next month as Liverpool assess his future. A number of clubs are said to be willing to take him on loan this year.