Sheffield United hope to complete their signing of Harrison McGahey within the next 72 hours, writes James Shield.
The Blackpool defender is understood to have held talks with Bramall Lane’s hierarchy earlier this week after indicating he will leave Bloomfield Road.
Nigel Clough, the United manager, told The Star he had been “made aware” of McGahey’s contractual situation during a media briefing at the Redtooth Academy where the League One club’s squad began preparing for the new campaign on Thursday.
But Clough, whose side begin their latest push for promotion against Bristol City in five weeks time, rejected suggestions his interest in the 18-year-old meant another centre-half is destined to depart.
Hull City and Wolverhampton Wanderers have both seen offers rejected for Harry Maguire during the close season.
Barry Ferguson, who was responsible for handing McGahey his professional debut, urged Blackpool to extend the former Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers protégé’s terms before taking charge of Clyde last month.
“Blackpool have one hell of a player on their hands and they need to get him sorted out otherwise they’ll miss out on a top player,” Ferguson said. “It’s important because he’s an excellent player.
“He’s such a grounded boy and I like that. He’s last off the training pitch and he still helps the staff bring the kit in.”
“That makes me smile because you don’t see that too often,” Ferguson added.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the division, Scunthorpe have offered Sam Winnall a new two year contract after MK Dons expressed their desire to recruit the 23-year-old centre-forward.
Peter Swann, Scunthorpe’s chairman, has confirmed a £100,000 bid has been received for Winnall who scored 23 goals as Russ Wilcox’s side won promotion from League Two last season.