Sheffield United: Blades eye Robson move

Midfielder Barry Robson
Midfielder Barry Robson
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BARRY Robson, the former Scotland international, could be poised to join Sheffield United.

Sources in Canada, where Robson recently terminated his contract with Vancouver Whitecaps, told The Star last night that Danny Wilson is among several managers ready to offer the 34-year-old a route back into English football.

Robson, who represented Celtic and Middlesbrough before joining the MLS outfit, can move outside of the transfer window by virtue of his free-agent status.

With sixth-placed United hoping to reinvigorate their bid for automatic promotion, Wilson could look to unveil the midfielder before Friday’s League One fixture with Coventry City should he elect to pursue his interest.

Having received assurances from owner and plc chairman Kevin McCabe that funds will be made available before this week’s deadline for permanent signings, Wilson is also hoping to recruit a new centre-forward after acknowledging United must improve their performance in front of goal.

Nick Blackman, who arrived in South Yorkshire from Blackburn Rovers five months ago, is being monitored by Reading after scoring 14 times in 33 appearances.

Crystal Palace had a bid, believed to be worth in excess of £1 million, rejected for his services before last weekend’s FA Cup tie with Brian McDermott’s side.

However, an as yet unnamed Championship club could also enter the chase for his signature.

Chelsea’s Conor Clifford and Sunderland’s Craig Lynch have joined United on trial. The youngsters both featured in yesterday’s 2-0 defeat to Crewe in the Professional Development League.