Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has said that they are prepared to look elsewhere if the negotiations for key transfer targets push too far in to the summer.
The Blades have been heavily linked with moves for Charlton Athletic’s Ricky Holmes and Southend United’s Ryan Leonard, with both players reportedly keen to move on.
Wilder didn’t mention any names, but said: “There’s always a bit of to’ing and fro’ing. It won’t drag out all the way through the summer. People are away.
“We have to speak to managers and we have to speak to owners. We have our valuation. Other clubs will have their valuation of players. If we can get those two close then, hopefully, it will get done.”
Holmes scored 13 goals for the Addicks last season, whilst Leonard, who has played over 200 games for Southend, is believed to have told the club’s chairman he wishes to leave.
United have already secured the signings of Ched Evans, Nathan Thomas and Enda Stevens since gaining promotion from SkyBet League one, and are keen to build a squad capable of being competitive in the Championship.