Chris Wilder’s January plans have been turned on their head after the Sheffield United hierarchy decreed there will be no transfers this month, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
Wilder had been told going into this window that money was available for two loan signings to bolster United’s injury-hit and relegation-threatened squad.
But a Bramall Lane source has told Football Insider the board have now pulled the plug on any acquisitions, temporary or otherwise.
Wilder has been told there will be no incoming or outgoing transfers between now and the window cut-off next Monday.
That is a huge blow to the manager’s hopes of pulling the club away from the relegation trapdoor.
United are bottom of the Premier League with just one win from 19 matches and 12 points adrift of 17th-placed Brighton.
Wilder has made it clear he wanted to use the January market to reshape his squad for the run-in.
He has made recommendations to the board, and among the targets on his list were centre-back options and Man United duo Jesse Lingard and Brandon Williams.
But the U-turn from the hierarchy led by Prince Abdullah is a major blow to Wilder’s hopes of keeping the team up.
It shows the club are not willing to commit funds to strengthening the squad when the likelihood is they will be in the Championship next season.
United signed Sander Berge for over £20million in January of last year in the face of strong competition from clubs including West Ham.