Nigel Clough will today launch a last ditch attempt to convince Leeds that Aidy White should be allowed to appear for Sheffield United in the FA Cup, writes James Shield.
And Clough, speaking ahead of Saturday’s first round tie with Colchester, hinted an offer to extend the 22-year-old’s stay at Bramall Lane could form part of a proposed compromise agreement.
White, who made his United debut against Shrewsbury Town five days ago, has been informed by Elland Road officials he must miss this weekend’s visit to the Weston Homes Community Stadium despite recently being allowed to join the League One club until January.
Clough told The Star he sympathises with Leeds’ predicament - “I can understand where they are coming from” - but said: “We’ll ask the question again.
“I appreciate the situation because Leeds might find themselves in a position whereby they want to make a few changes when they come into the competition (at the third round stage). But, from our point of view, of course we’d like to have Aidy available.
“Leeds can’t call him back. That’s the argument we will be trying to make.
“If we do go through then he will miss two games. And, from everyone’s point of view, it’s a good thing if Aidy gets as much football as possible.
“Like I say, I completely understand where Leeds are coming from. But that’s the case we’ll put forward to try and get them to change their minds.
“We’ll hopefully speak and take things from there. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Clough, who tried to sign White during his spell in charge of Derby County, added: “We haven’t ruled-out trying to do something beyond January as well.”
Simon Lappin, on loan from Cardiff City, has been granted permission to make the journey to Essex.
“Simon is okay,” Clough said. “We’ve no problems.”