Clough draws up shortlist

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Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough admits he has drawn up a shortlist of summer transfer targets already, ahead of Saturday’s final game of the season at Bramall Lane.

United close a rollercoaster campaign with a home fixture against Coventry, which could put them in seventh with a win.

Considering they were second bottom of League One when Clough took over, that is no mean feat - but the United chief is not content.

Instead, he wants United to come back better, and fitter, than ever, after promising a tough pre-season schedule.

He admits that a large percentage of his squad will remain the same, with a few players - a striker is a priority - to bolster it.

“We have identified a number of targets already, and we have made up our minds where we need to improve,” Clough said.

“Some players are out of contract, but some are still under contract so they could take a little more time.

“A couple of players on our radar are still involved in relegation battles and play-off campaigns, too, so out of respect to their clubs we’ll have to bide our time before making our approaches.”

“The one thing we have to get right, Clough added, “is the striker.

“Our performances have been good recently up to a point, and we just need that focal point up front to make a difference.”

Chris Porter notched his 11th of the campaign on Tuesday night, in a 1-1 draw against Oldham.