Sheffield United: Blades are still a big draw

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, believes Bramall Lane will prove an attractive destination during this summer’s transfer market, writes James Shield.

Clough, who is understood to be tracking Walsall centre-half Andy Butler and St Mirren’s John McGinn, insisted the South Yorkshire club’s strong finish to last League One campaign, combined with its march into the semi-finals of the FA Cup, has captured the imagination of both footballers and their representatives alike.

“We sell this club on potential, Clough said. “The potential has been demonstrated by what happened at the end of the season.

“The cup was obviously a real highlight because it put us back on the map and right in the public eye again. People will have seen that and realised what this football club is capable of again.

“But the way we finished in the league was also important. For a variety of different reasons.”

United, whose dreams of lifting the trophy were dashed by beaten finalists Hull City, will begin preparing for the new season having won 15 of their last 23 games.

Having allowed the likes of Matt Hill and Sean McGinty to leave Bramall Lane earlier this month, Clough bolstered his options by recruiting Marc McNulty and Jamal Campbell-Ryce earlier this week while Butler and McGinn are thought to interest the former England international.

Although Clough has refused to discuss the composition of his wanted-list, he did confirm earlier this week that recent results are proving a draw for potential acquisitions.

“We’ve spoken to a few people and have always had a good response back from them,” Clough said. “We’ve been getting the feeling that they’d view coming to us as a positive move which is always good to hear.

“That’s one of the reasons why we were so determined it (last season) wasn’t just going to peter-out. Why we wanted to come as high as we possibly could.

“It’s a credit to the players that they took all of that on board.”

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