Sheffield United co-owners Kevin McCabe and HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have been presented with Chris Wilder’s “recommendations” for next month’s transfer window, as he attempts to bolster the club’s promotion credentials.
Wilder, the United manager, met with McCabe and his fellow businessman’s representatives last month ahead of arguably the most critical period in the club’s season. Those discussions resulted in the 51-year-old, whose side face Reading tomorrow evening, drawing-up a list of requests following talks with assistant Alan Knill and head of recruitment Paul Mitchell.
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A centre-forward is known to be Wilder’s top priority, with an attacking midfielder also being targeted following confirmation that Ben Woodburn could be unavailable for selection until after Christmas due to an ankle injury. The Wales international’s loan from Liverpool is scheduled to be reviewed before the New Year.
Acknowledging that United’s position at the top end of the Championship means proven performers are required, Wilder said: “The have to come in now and be able to make an immediate difference. They have to. I think, we are fishing in a different pond now.
“We have to be because we need players now who can make the difference and improve our squad and improve our existing players. John (Egan) has come in and raised levels. Ollie Norwood has come in and raised levels.”
Both Norwood, whose loan from Brighton and Hove Albion will be made permanent shortly, and Egan, a £4m signing from