Sheffield United hope to announce the signing of Cardiff City goalkeeper Simon Moore before tomorrow’s game at Millwall.
The Star understands a deal, thought to be worth around £500,000, was provisionally agreed with the Championship club before Moore, aged 26, underwent a medical in South Yorkshire last night.
Although Chris Wilder yesterday refused to be drawn on reports the former Brentford player is poised to complete a move to Bramall Lane, he did confirm United are hoping to bolster their options after making a disappointing start to the new League One season.
Moore’s imminent arrival - sources close to the negotiation process have confirmed a few minor details still need to be ironed out - could see George Long’s place in Wilder’s starting eleven come under threat. The youngster’s performances have come under scrutiny in recent weeks, less than three months after he put pen to paper on a new long-term contract.
Wilder, speaking before the visit to London, threw a protective arm around Long but admitted that players struggling for form must also “help themselves.”
“We’ll do whatever we can to help players who aren’t going through a great time,” he said. “But, ultimately, it’s up to them. We’ve all been in that position before. We have to drag ourselves out of it if we are going through a bad run, before games and during games. We’ve got to do that even if we are on a good one.”
“If you think it’s going to be great all the time then you are in the wrong profession,” Wilder added. “But it’s a great job, it really is. Like I say, we’ll do whatever we can for these lads but we ain’t going to be rubbing peoples’ heads. The top and bottom of it is, they’ve got to do it for themselves.”
United, who travel to The Den searching for their first win this term, are believed to have secured Moore’s release by proposing a payment structure comprised of an initial downpayment followed by several performance related benefits. Moore, who helped Brentford reach the play-offs during his four year spell at Griffin Park, joined City in 2013. But the arrival of Scotland’s David Marshall has limited his first team opportunities.
Meanwhile, Fleetwood Town have expressed an interest in United’s Martyn Woolford. The midfielder was placed on the transfer list by Wilder following his appointment as manager in May.