Steven Davies is expected to make his Sheffield United debut against Fleetwood Town tomorrow after joining from Blackpool on loan.
The centre-forward, who The Star revealed earlier this season featured among Clough’s top transfer targets, will spend the rest of the season at Bramall Lane.
He has also played under the United manager at Derby County.
“We know Steven’s talents very well from our time together there,” Clough said. “He is a proven Championship striker who will provide a contrast to what we already have in that area. It has been no secret that we’ve been trying to get in a striker and we hope he will provide firepower for the run in.”
United, who also confirmed earlier this week that defender Terry Kennedy will be absent for a matter of weeks rather than months after suffering a knee injury, thought they had brokered a deal for Davies, aged 27, in January only for his parent club to pull-out at the last moment.
However the striker informed officials at Bloomfield Road that he was intent on forcing through the move before their meeting with Birmingham City in midweek. Davies has also represented Bristol City after progressing through the ranks at Tranmere Rovers.
Kennedy was substituted during the opening stages of last weekend’s draw with Crawley Town which saw United remain fifth in the table.
Clough told the club’s official website: “It is relatively good news for Terry; we are looking around four weeks, after initially fearing it could be 4-6 months.
“He doesn’t have much cartilage left in his knee but he has a slight nick in the bit that remains and he just needs a couple of weeks rest before starting to build up again after that.”