By Michael Brown

26th Jan, 2021 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Michael Brown shares Sheffield United fears amid transfer U-turn

Sheffield United would have struggled to convince players to join even before a major transfer U-turn by the board, according to Michael Brown.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Blades star believes the Blades’ poor first-half of the season means any prospective recruits would only really be tempted by regular playing time and very little else.

As revealed by Football Insider, Chris Wilder has been dealt a hammer blow in his hopes of adding new recruits after the board pulled the plug on any new signings.

The Blades had set their sights on a new centre-back, Peterborough United striker Siriki Dembele, as well as loan deals for Manchester United duo Brandon Williams and Jesse Lingard.

However, it is understood there are not set to be any new arrivals at Bramall Lane barring another late change of heart from the chief decision-makers.

Brown admitted that even if Sheffield United were set to pounce for any deals, their league position would make it difficult to convince players to make the move.

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Brown told Football Insider: “It’s difficult when you’re at the bottom of the league for players to want to come but if they’re gonna play and get to play until the end of the season, then it will work for some and won’t work for others.

“It’s very tough, very difficult. Any team at the bottom of the league now, to say come and join us, come and be part of it, it’s tough to do that when you are in the situation you are.”

Sheffield United sit bottom of the Premier League after 19 games with just one win under their belt so far.

They are already 12 points adrift of 17th-placed Fulham, although they are into the FA Cup fifth round after beating Plymouth Argyle.

In other news, Brown has revealed what Oliver Norwood told him in the car park of the 2-1 win over Plymouth.