Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, is refusing to admit defeat in his battle to resign John Brayford.
Cardiff City, who allowed the defender to join United on loan earlier this year, insist Ole Gunnar Solskjær has no intention of parting company with Brayford on a permanent basis after being relegated from the Premier League last season.
But Clough is refusing to take no for an answer despite the Norwegian’s hardline stance.
“We’ve not ruled it out 100 per cent,” Clough told The Star. “Because you never know what might happen down there and, if the chance does become available to get a player like John, then you take it. It’s as simple as that.”
“It took a little bit of magic to get him last time round. People reckoned he wouldn’t drop into League One but he did so that shows you anything can happen if you give it a go.
“If he did become available then it would take a little bit of magic again but we’d try.
“Ultimately, though, he’s somebody else’s player, he’s gone away on tour with them and so that’s all I’m going to say because, after all, Cardiff know what our position is regarding John.”
Contrary to reports, Brayford has not submitted a transfer request to City’s board of directors but is unlikely to welcome the prospect of another spell on the sidelines should he fail to secure a starting role. Magnus Eikrem, predominately regarded as a midfielder, was deployed at right-back during City’s recent friendly with 1860 Munich in Austria.
United, whose preparations for the 2014/15 campaign continue at Northampton Town tomorrow, would be willing to broker either a permanent or temporary deal should Solskjær have a change of heart.