Sheffield United: Blades make move for Blackpool striker Steven Davies

Blackpool's Steven Davies is a target for Sheffield United

Blackpool's Steven Davies is a target for Sheffield United

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Sheffield United have launched a second attempt to sign Blackpool centre-forward Steven Davies, The Star understands.

Sources close to the Championship club last night revealed that Nigel Clough, whose United side visits Crewe Alexandra tomorrow, remains determined to capture the 26-year-old despite seeing a previous bid collapse earlier this season.

Preliminary talks aimed at delivering Davies to Bramall Lane are thought to have resumed ahead of Tuesday’s League One victory over Yeovil Town which lifted United to sixth in the League One table.

However, although Blackpool will consider parting company with the former Derby County and Bristol City striker, they have so far failed to reach agreement about the terms of his proposed loan.

That has prompted Clough, who has made no attempt to disguise the fact he wants to bolster the attacking options at the League One club’s disposal, to compile a list of alternative transfer targets.

Despite commanding a reported £500,000 fee when he joined Blackpool 15 months ago, Davies appears destined to leave Bloomfield Road when his contract expires at the end of the season after featuring just twice since José Riga’s appointment in June.

Clough is expected to speed-up negotiations with the other, as yet undisclosed, names on his short-list should Davies continue to prove elusive.

Brighton and Hove Albion’s Chris O’Grady, previously of Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday, does not feature among them.

Marc McNulty, Jose Baxter and Michael Higdon are all vying for a starting role at Gresty Road where United will attempt to record a third straight win after beating Yorkshire rivals Bradford City last weekend.

McNulty, aged 22, has netted in each of his last three outings while Higdon scored twice in two before being sent-off during a controversial defeat by local rivals Chesterfield.

Meanwhile, United defender Andy Butler has joined hometown club Doncaster Rovers on loan until January.

The centre-half recently completed a short spell with former employers Walsall after failing to command a place in Clough’s matchday squad.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1