The Sheffield Star understands that Sheffield United remain optimistic of signing long-time transfer targets Darragh Lenihan and Ryan Leonard before the transfer window closes. The Sky Bet League One duo play for Blackburn Rovers and Southend United respectively, and Chris Wilder is a big admirer of the pairing.

Wilder acknowledges that his Sheffield United squad could still do with improving in certain areas to give them the best possible chance of covering all bases in a competition Championship campaign, in addition to cup competition. Wilder leads the Blades into Carabao Cup action tonight against Walsall at Bramall Lane.

The former Oxford United and Northampton Town manager revealed that his transfer business is ‘ongoing’ but still highlighted the new for fresh faces,

“It’s a continual thing and things change. When you get into a season, people might change their attitudes on bits and pieces. A couple of deals might trigger something else.

“I don’t get precious if someone comes to me and offers me something for one of my players. We’re all in the job to manage and do deals.

“We’ll put in a bid and if it gets rejected, fine. If we leave it there, it stays on the table or we decide to retract it. That’s the game. We don’t get embarrassed or precious about what we do. We’ve gone in through the front door, the right way.”

Lenihan and Leonard both took to the field at the same time on the opening day of the season, a game that Wilder will have paid particular attention too. Leonard netted as the Blues secured a 2-1 victory, whilst Lenihan picked up an injury at Roots Hall as well.

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