It’s always the strikers who take the longest to sign – so what price Chris O’Grady being one of the final pieces in Nigel Clough’s transfer jigsaw?
I believe the Sheffield United manager remains in hot pursuit of the Barnsley striker, encouraged by his rejection of Charlton.
Other Championship outfits, including Blackburn and Millwall, are interested in a player who scored 15 goals for a team who were relegated last season.
But it’s strongly thought O’Grady, who lives in Sheffield, would seriously consider a move to Bramall Lane where he could expect to spearhead a promotion bid.
There is also a feeling that – regardless of the Harry Maguire bids from Wolves – United can meet both the fee and the player’s wage criteria.
Clough is known to be an admirer of O’Grady’s wholehearted professionalism and work ethic on top of his goal potential, plus the dignified way he handled being cold shouldered at Hillsborough. For the latter reason, too, Blades fans would seem to have no objection to the 28-year-old’s Hillsborough links or his time with
Barnsley and Rotherham.
The Blades boss wants two new strikers ideally and O’Grady could become one of them.
Meanwhile, Maguire’s future is more a matter for the player than a club wanting to keep him.
Should he force the issue by suggesting unhappiness at being denied a move to Wolves then a third Molineux bid, rising to £2m, could be successful.
Tranmere midfielder James Wallace looks set to join other recruits Chris Basham, Andy Butler, Marc McNulty, Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Ben Davies.