Sheffield United: Steve is the chosen one

Sheffield United continue to monitor Steve Davies' situation at Blackpool
Sheffield United continue to monitor Steve Davies' situation at Blackpool

Instead Clough, speaking after Tuesday’s shock defeat by Peterborough left United 10 points behind second-placed Preston North End with 13 games remaining, told The Star he will only bolster Bramall Lane’s first team squad if the “right player” becomes available.

Steven Davies is known to feature among United’s list of targets but his parent club Blackpool have so far refused to part company with the former Derby County and Bristol City centre-forward despite being cut adrift at the foot of the Championship table.

“We’ve made a few enquiries,” Clough acknowledged. “If the opportunity arises to do something then it’s always a possibility but there’s no urgent need.

“We’ll only look to do something if the right player becomes available. If not then we won’t because we’re comfortable with the options that we’ve got.”

United, who return to action when Fleetwood Town visit South Yorkshire tomorrow, saw striker Michael Higdon resume training following injury earlier this week while Jose Baxter is available again after suspension.

But they are anxiously awaiting the outcome of tests on Terry Kennedy and Ryan Flynn after they sustained knee and hamstring complaints respectively.

Flynn, who sustained the problem before United were beaten 2-1 by Peterborough, will be absent “for at least a couple of weeks” according to Clough.

Kennedy’s situation is of particular concern given that Chris Basham, who has deputised for the young centre-half following his substitution at the Checkatrade.com Stadium, is one caution away from an automatic ban.

County defender Shaun Barker is again expected to feature for United’s under-21’s when they host Nottingham Forest in the Professional Development League on Monday as he continues his battle for full fitness.

Davies has made no secret of the fact he wants to resurrect his partnership with Clough after working with the former County chief at the iPro Stadium.

After seeing two previous transfers to United collapse, he made his feelings known to Blackpool’s hierarchy before Wednesday game against Birmingham City.

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