SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades eye Scottish ace

Pictured at the Sheffield United pre- Wembley press conference  ...Nick Montgomery'See Story In Appleyard   Picture by Chris Lawton    22nd May   2012
Pictured at the Sheffield United pre- Wembley press conference ...Nick Montgomery'See Story In Appleyard Picture by Chris Lawton 22nd May 2012

SHEFFIELD United, whose club captain Nick Montgomery is being tracked by at least three Championship clubs, are understood to be monitoring David Wotherspoon’s situation at Hibernian.

Sources north of the border last night linked Wotherspoon, a Scotland under-21 international, with a possible move to Bramall Lane as manager Danny Wilson prepares to reshape his squad this summer.

Although the extent of United’s interest remains unknown, Wotherspoon’s versatility means he would be a valuable addition to a team set for a major overhaul following its defeat in the League One play-off final.

A member of the youth side which won the Scottish League and Cup double in 2009, Wotherspoon, aged 22, regularly appears ‘in the hole’ for his country but operates anywhere along the right flank at domestic level.

Wilson has shown a willingness to enter the SPL and SFL markets since taking charge of United with Ryan Flynn impressing after arriving from Falkirk.

Meanwhile Montgomery, United’s longest serving player, interests Millwall having spent a brief spell on loan at The New Den last season.

Although injury cut short his stay, manager Kenny Jackett remains an admirer of the 30-year-old and, depending upon the outcome of negotiations elsewhere, could submit a concrete bid.

Despite failing to command a regular place in United’s starting eleven last term, Montgomery’s combative qualities have attracted an army of admirers with Derby County and Burnley also known to have watched him in action en route to last month’s meeting with Huddersfield Town at Wembley.

Leeds, Montgomery’s home-town club, could enter the equation.