Sheffield United: Blades close in on Lappin deal

Sheffield United are on the verge of signing former Norwich City player Simon Lappin on a month's loan.

Sheffield United are on the verge of signing former Norwich City player Simon Lappin on a month's loan.

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Bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United hope to sign defender Simon Lappin on a month’s loan from Cardiff City in time for tomorrow night’s clash with Crawley Town.

The Star understands Blades manager David Weir is a big admirer of the Scottish left-back, who has yet to be given a run-out by the Bluebirds this season, and has identified the 30-year-old as the next piece in his United jigsaw. It is thought United wanted to complete the deal earlier this week but there has been a hold up over the transfer formalities.

Lappin, who can also be deployed on the left flank, has not represented the top flight newcomers since New Year’s Day. In the last two years, Lappin has made just 10 appearances for Cardiff and Norwich City. He began his career at St Mirren and also enjoyed a loan spell at Motherwell.

Marlon King, meanwhile, has been called up by Jamaica for their World Cup qualifier with Honduras on Tuesday October 15.

The striker, who has plundered 12 goals in 24 appearances for the Reggaeboyz, may miss United’s televised trip to Coventry City a week on Sunday due to his international selection.