SHEFFIELD UNITED: “Substantial” bids rejected, reveals Blades boss Clough

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough

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Manager Nigel Clough has revealed that Sheffield United had several “substantial” bids rejected by other clubs, ahead of last night’s transfer deadline.

But the Bramall Lane chief moved to reassure supporters, who have seen him bring in 11 players this window, that he will attempt to further strengthen his squad when the loan market re-opens for business in six day’s time.

“We’ve been working hard to improve the squad and, with the help of the board, have made substantial bids for players,” Clough revealed.

“Unfortunately, our targets are valued by their current clubs, hence the bids being rejected.

“The players we highlighted would have undoubtedly improved the squad.

“But we didn’t want to spend the club’s money on others,who would have not necessarily made us stronger. We already have a talented squad, which we hope is capable of challenging for promotion from this division.”

Clough. who is known to be targeting defensive cover and wants to expand his striking options, added: “We pushed right until the deadline, making multiple bids, but the players we wanted are appreciated by their respective clubs.

“But we have brought in 11 players over the summer and the closing of the transfer window is not the end of our search for players.

“We’ll be exploring the loan market from next week with the aim of adding depth to the impressive squad we already have.”

United return to action on September 13, when they face Rochdale at Bramall Lane.

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