Sheffield United: Brayford back on Blades radar

John Brayford
John Brayford

Sheffield United are continuing to monitor John Brayford’s situation at Cardiff City, The Star understands, as manager Nigel Clough looks to apply the finishing touches to his squad.

United appeared to admit defeat in the battle to bring Brayford back to Bramall Lane following a successful spell on loan last season, but sources in the Welsh capital last night reported that representatives of the League One club have asked to be kept informed should Ole Gunnar Solksjaer decide to part company with the defender next term.

Kieron Freeman, who played alongside Brayford at Derby County before his move to the principality 11 months ago, remains a target for Clough after being allowed to leave the iPro Stadium.

Like Brayford, the Wales under-21 international was a loan member of the United squad which, after a wretched start to the 2013/14 campaign, eventually reached the FA Cup semi-finals and finished seventh in the table.

Clough has been active in the transfer market this summer, with five new faces, including Marc McNulty, Andy Butler and James Wallace, arriving in South Yorkshire since May.

Chris Porter will also remain at United’s disposal after electing to accept their revised contract offer.

However, Clough is still expected to sign another centre-forward before August 9’s opening-day visit of Bristol City.

Brayford made 20 appearances and scored once after resurrecting his partnership with Clough in January.

Brayford, who turned professional under the former England international at Burton Albion, cost £1.5 million when he left the East Midlands but has yet to make an FAPL start for his present employers.

Freeman, four years Brayford’s junior at 22, featured on 12 occasions after being allowed to leave County by Clough’s successor, Steve McClaren, and is poised to rejoin United shortly.