Blades boss issues clue over transfer targets

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Blades boss Chris Wilder has no qualms about buying British again this summer and is aware of 'a lot of good Championship players'.

Blades boss Chris Wilder has no qualms about buying British again this summer and is aware of ‘a lot of good Championship players’.

Wilder’s promotion-winning squad is made up of entirely British and Irish players and the 51-year-old doesn’t see that changing as he prepares to embark on the biggest challenge of his career in the Premier League.

‘These are the players I know the best,’ said the Blades boss.

‘We’ve not dipped into the foreign market and that’s not to say that down the line I wouldn’t.

But I trust this group of players and I trust my own eye in terms of the players we’ll bring in.

It’s worked for us.

‘Nuno (Espirito Santo) at Wolves signs Portuguese players, David Wagner at Huddersfield signed German players.

I don’t think I’m bucking the trend in any way, it’s just players I know and trust.

‘ Swansea’s Scottish striker Oli McBurnie and Brentford’s French marksman Neal Maupay have emerging as early summer targets for the Blades and Wilder is keen to find talented players ready to step up to Premier League level.

‘I think there’s a nice balance (to be found) between a couple of the clubs who were promoted last year,’ Wilder said.

‘Fulham made wholesale changes and ripped the heart out of the team and Cardiff had nine out of the 11 who played in the Championship and came very close (to staying up).

‘We want to keep the backbone of the team, the heartbeat of the team, because they deserve an opportunity as well.

‘We have to add obviously, but we want to add some young players that will relish the opportunity of playing in the Premier League.

‘There’s a lot of good players in the Championship that can go really well in the Premier League.

We have to spend our money wisely, but we think we’ll be an attractive proposition for players.’

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