Sheff Utd boss Wilder targets five players in transfer ‘explosion’

Chris Wilder says he is “expecting an explosion of signings next week” as he looks to add depth and competition to his Sheffield United squad ahead of the new Premier League season.

Wilder says he is hoping to add five new players, but is not expecting much progress on those proposed deals whilst they are away on international duty.

The transfer window will remain open into October and Wilder is resigned to not getting all of his new signings into the club before the first game of the season, at home to Wolves on September 14.

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“A sign of some of the players that we are in for is the fact they are internationals and I don’t think a lot is going to be done this week all across the board,” he told the Yorkshire Post.

“I am expecting an explosion of signings next week, hopefully. I am comfortable with it. We have got offers out there, we are talking and hopefully when boys come back from international duty we can start unveiling them as Sheffield United players.

“In an ideal world we want them in for Wolves but it might be that two come in late after the start and if that’s the case for the benefit of the football club then we will go down that road.

“We are looking at five players but if somebody doesn’t come off we’ll move our attention but it’s a dance that we have to go through, a process. We are working as hard as any football club.

“We are down the line with a couple of loans and a couple of bids and there is another situation that we are exploring.

“If you didn’t have this break I should imagine there would be signings at the majority of clubs in the Premier League and that includes us.

“That has been put on hold but discussions are still ongoing between clubs, agents and players and I can only say when the window shuts do I believe we will be better than the start of last year? For me that is most definitely yes.

“That will encourage me enormously.”

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