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By ESPN Staff

More signings set to follow Kilgallon to Blades

Matthew Kilgallon witnessed at first hand yesterday the fact he will not be the last signing made by Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock in the current transfer window.

After paying £1.75million to Leeds for centre-back Kilgallon, who has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal, Warnock is hopeful of spending again by the weekend.

Top of the shopping list is a striker, with Preston's David Nugent the number one target, closely followed by David Healy and Emile Mpenza.

Kilgallon, who watched Warnock at work as he waited to seal his own move, said: 'While in his office his phone did not stop ringing.

'It looks like more people could be coming in, so these appear to be exciting times for the club.'

Warnock confirmed Kilgallon's comments as he said: 'I'd like to think something could happen.

'I'm talking to clubs all the time about bringing players in, so hopefully I might have another addition before the weekend.'

It is unlikely Kilgallon will make his debut against Portsmouth at Bramall Lane on Saturday as he has been nursing an ankle injury of late.

Warnock, though, believes the defender - who turned 23 yesterday - has a bright future ahead of him in Sheffield as the Blades look to survive in the Barclays Premiership.

'We think by signing Matthew we've a hell of a good chance of staying up,' added Warnock, with United to pay Leeds an extra £250,000 if they do avoid the drop.

'But we're looking to the future. He is the type of player we want at Sheffield United.

'He is up-and-coming and an England Under-21 international. He may have gone sideways for a few months, but I believe I can get the best out of him.

'For one thing he's versatile. I know he won't want me to say he can play left-back, but he can fit in there. It's a string to his bow, which is good to have.

'But I think he's got something to prove, to himself as well as ourselves.'

Kilgallon knows where Warnock is coming from as he returns to the big time after previously playing in the Premiership as a teenager.

Kilgallon made his Leeds debut in a UEFA Cup tie, and went on to play 10 times in the top flight before Leeds were relegated to the Championship.

He knows this is his chance to show he has what it takes to play at the top as he said: 'Playing in the Premiership is what I've always wanted to do.

'Coming here gives me that chance. This is a big opportunity for me in the Premiership. I'm here now and I'm really excited about it.

'I've played well in the Championship, but now this is a step up, so I have got to prove myself.

'I played a few games in the Premiership when I was younger and I did okay, but now I have to show what I can do all over again.

'I'm 23 now, and I want to establish myself as a good, young defender in the Premiership. I want to do as well as I can.'