Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has revealed that James Wallace could be the next new player to arrive at Bramall Lane this summer as his overhaul of the League One club’s squad continues, writes James Shield.
Clough, who yesterday announced the arrival of Chris Basham and Andy Butler from Blackpool and Walsall respectively, confirmed talks with the midfielder have taken place after his deal with Tranmere Rovers expired.
Although Wallace is effectively a free agent, Clough told The Star: “It’s still early days. James is out of contract but things like compensation still need to be agreed so there’s plenty of work to do.
“He’s a good young midfielder and people might already say we’ve got plenty of those. But when the opportunity comes up to bring in a talented player then you take it.
“James probably struggled a bit this year but, when Tranmere had a great start to the season before, he was instrumental in that.”
Should Clough’s pursuit of Wallace prove a success, then Rovers would still have to be recompensed because the player is under 24. Regulations governing similar transfers could explain why United, who have rejected two offers from Wolverhampton Wanderers for Harry Maguire, are prepared to let the centre-half enter the final 12 months of his agreement which is scheduled to finish at the end of next term.
Clough, explaining Maguire has asked for discussions about the improved terms United have tabled to be put on hold until his future is resolved, also acknowledged he made an enquiry for John McGinn but has subsequently withdrawn from the race for the St Mirren midfielder. Wolves are expected to submit a third bid, worth an initial £1.5m plus £500,000 of performance related clauses, for Maguire shortly.
“We did speak with them (St Mirren) about John yes,” Clough said. “But we were too far apart with regards to a price so that’s that as far as we’re concerned.”
Wallace started his career at Everton before moving to Prenton Park on a permanent basis in 2012.