Sheffield United: Aidy remains on the radar

Aidy White during his recent loan spell at Bramall Lane
Aidy White during his recent loan spell at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United could ressurect their interest in Aidy White after the Leeds defender’s loan spell at Bramall Lane was cut short by injury, writes James Shield.

But Nigel Clough, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, confirmed any deal would depend upon when White recovers from the ankle problem which hastened his return to Elland Road.

“Aidy is a possibility,” Clough admitted during yesterday’s media briefing at the Redtooth Academy. “We are monitoring how he is doing and keeping an eye on what is going on there.”

White made eight appearances for United after joining their squad in October before hobbling-off during Boxing Day’s draw with Oldham Athletic. The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international, who also represented England at youth level, has yet to resume full training but is expected to shortly receive the green light shortly.

With Clough making no secret of his desire to trim the size of United’s playing staff, White’s ability to operate either along the wing or at full-back makes him an attractive proposition given the 47-year-old’s belief that recruiting two players for every position is an injudicious use of funds in England’s third tier.

“Towards the end of the transfer window, Aidy should be fit,” Clough said. “We’ll see where we are and what we might need then and take things from there.”

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