Monty back on the Elland Road radar

Uncertain times: United manager Danny Wilson has praised midfielder Nick Montgomery's professionalism in  pre-season despite doubts surrounding his long-term future at Bramall Lane.

Uncertain times: United manager Danny Wilson has praised midfielder Nick Montgomery's professionalism in pre-season despite doubts surrounding his long-term future at Bramall Lane.

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LEEDS are deciding whether to submit an official bid for Sheffield United’s Nick Montgomery after admitting defeat in the race for Republic of Ireland international Keith Andrews.

Simon Grayson, Blades manager Danny Wilson’s counterpart at Elland Road, had hoped to sign the Blackburn Rovers midfielder on a season-long loan but the 30-year-old last night appeared destined for Ipswich Town instead.

Andrews’s decision, confirmed by his agent, Will Salthouse, could prompt Grayson to revisit his interest in Montgomery as he looks to bolster Leeds’s squad ahead of the new Championship campaign.

But having rejected the chance to join his home-town club 12 months ago, the Blades’ longest-serving player could be overlooked in favour of other targets.

Wilson, speaking ahead of Saturday’s League One opener at Oldham Athletic, acknowledged there is a danger that several key names at Bramall Lane could be spirited away before the end of the transfer window.

“It’s something we’ve got to be aware of,” he said. “But when or whether it does happen is impossible to predict.

“Unfortunately it’s not something we can influence.

“That’s down to the clubs who may or may not want to buy some of our lads.

“But if it does then we have to make sure we’re in a position where, hopefully, we don’t get caught short.”

Wilson, who is continuing to hold talks about the future of trialists Kevin McDonald, Alex Kruk and Matt Duke with his coaching staff, is also expected to meet Estudiantes defender Elian Parrino before the visit to Boundary Park regarding a possible return to England on loan.