Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has refused to rule-out the possibility of raiding his former club Derby County when the transfer window reopens next month.
Clough, who spent four years at Pride Park before being appointed as David Weir’s successor earlier this term, made the admission ahead of Saturday’s victory over Swindon Town which left United 19th in the League One table.
“That might be a possibility,” he said. “It’s something we have spoken and talked about.
“It’s always an advantage when you know the people and the individuals concerned.
“So, yes, that’s something we have looked at doing because we left some very good players there.”
Johnny Russell, previously of Dundee United, is among those Steve McClaren, Clough’s replacement, could allow to leave the East Midlands. The 23-year-old centre-forward, who cost a reported £750,000 when he left Dundee United six months ago, appeared as a second-half substitute during County’s win at Charlton Athletic 48 hours ago.
Clough, speaking at United’s annual general meeting of shareholders, also confirmed Lecsinel-Jean Francois will feature in a friendly against Huddersfield Town later today as he continues his own recovery from injury.