Billy Sharp and Conor Sammon sign for Sheffield United

Blades boss Nigel Adkins with Billy Sharp and Conor Sammon
Blades boss Nigel Adkins with Billy Sharp and Conor Sammon

Sheffield United have confirmed the signing of two new strikers; former Blade Billy Sharp and Republic of Ireland front man Conor Sammon.

Sharp's move to Bramall Lane had been widely anticipated since Nigel Adkins took over as Blades boss last month and the forward's switch to United has been confirmed with Leeds United receiving an undisclosed fee and the 29 year old agreeing a two-year deal.

Also coming to S2 is Sammon, on a season long loan from Derby County. The 28 year old spent part of last season at Rotherham where he scored three goals in 15 appearances.

Adkins has been attempting to bolster his frontline since taking over and the protracted move for Sharp seemed likely with the pair having worked together at Scunthorpe United, Southampton and Reading.

"Delighted to get both players over the line and I'm looking forward to working with them," said boss Adkins. "Billy is someone I know well and Conor is a player we have admired from afar and have monitored his progress since he was at Kilmarnock."

Sharp posted a message on twitter stating: "Firstly I would like to say how happy I am to be back to Sheffield United. I will give 100 per cent to the shirt and hope to score lots of goals and help the team gain promotion, it's a pleasure to be back working with a manager who believes in me and of course it's fantastic to be playing for the club I've grown up supporting."

Boyhood Blade Sharp began his career at Bramall Lane before moving to the Iron and was then brought back to United for a fee of over £2million. That spell proved to be unsuccessful and Sharp moved to Doncaster, first on loan and then permanently.

He then linked up with Adkins again, helping to take Southampton from League One into the Championship and then to the Premier League.

Sammon made a name for himself in the League of Ireland with Derry City where his performances earned a move to the Scottish Premier League at Kilmarnock. From there he went to Wigan and then Derby County but found himself down the pecking order and had loan spells at Ipswich and at the New York Stadium last season.

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