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Sheffield United: Talks with loan target revealed

Andy Garner looks ahead to this evening's game against Brentford � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Andy Garner looks ahead to this evening's game against Brentford � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Andy Garner, Sheffield United’s first team coach, has confirmed the League One club is pressing ahead with its attempts to enter the emergency loan market ahead of tonight’s encounter with Brentford, writes James Shield.

Garner, who welcomed captain Michael Doyle’s return from suspension following a three match ban, told The Star that talks had taken place with a potential target towards the end of last week as manager Nigel Clough looks to bolster the options at his disposal.

Crawley Town’s Billy Clarke features on United’s shortlist of prospective new signings as officials at the Checkatrade.com Stadium look to trim their budgets although at least two other undisclosed names are also being monitored by scouts from Bramall Lane.

“The manager has been talking to someone,” Garner said. “But there are always things to iron out so we’ll see what happens.

“There are obviously people we are aware of and who we know.”

Despite confirming United collected no new injuries following Saturday’s victory over Shrewsbury Town, Garner admitted Stephen McGinn would be assessed this morning after “feeling sore.”

With United, who climbed to 21st in the table after beating Michael Jackson’s side, must decide whether to hand Doyle an immediate recall as they look to negotiate safe passage through the busiest phase of their season so far.

“He’s very vocal out on the pitch and it’s good to have fresh legs,” Garner said. “We can be a little quiet out there at times which is something we’ve spoken about before.

“Michael certainly isn’t and that can bring and hold you together.”

 

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