Sheffield United: Nigel has no plans for a frenzied Friday

Nigel Clough has no plans to let George Long (above right) leave Bramall Lane � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Nigel Clough has no plans to let George Long (above right) leave Bramall Lane � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, is refusing to make any panic buys in the transfer market ahead of Friday’s deadline for new signings, writes James Shield.

But Clough, who last night welcomed the fact there have been no approaches for either George Long or Harry Maguire, confirmed he is exploring “one or two” lines of enquiry which “may or may not” bear fruit before Saturday’s League One fixture at Crewe Alexandra.

“We’re mindful of the fact that the loan window reopens early next month, when you can bring someone in for 93 days anyway, so unless it’s the right person we won’t be rushing anything through,” he said. “And, some of the youngsters apart, we’re not looking at letting anyone out at the moment.”

With Long and Maguire both receiving England under-21 international call-ups since graduating from United’s Redtooth Academy, some supporters fear the pair will be prised away from Bramall Lane in the near future.

But Clough, hinting that he would like to retain Conor Coady’s services when the youngster’s youth loan from Liverpool expires, said: “We’ve not received anything for George or Harry. We’re planning for them to be with us until the end of the season and then the next one too.

“Usually you get agents working away in the background but I’m not aware of anything.”

“Conor is with us until around February 26,” Clough added. “That (renewing his loan) is something we’d be looking to do, definitely.”