Sheffield United: Blades set for numbers boost

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough

Sheffield United are confident of bolstering their attacking options before Saturday’s game against Bradford City, The Star understands.

Nigel Clough compiled what he described as a “very long” list of potential targets when the transfer window opened earlier this month but has since whittled it down to a more manageable number following talks with members of Bramall Lane’s backroom staff. That, coupled with Febian Brandy’s departure, suggests negotiations with at least one have reached an advanced stage.

United are thought to be monitoring Leon Clarke’s situation at Coventry City after the striker, who was on the verge of joining them last year, admitted he wants to leave Steven Pressley’s side. However, with Billy Paynter recently agreeing a short-term move from Doncaster Rovers, Clough could prefer to recruit someone also capable of providing cover for wingers Jamie Murphy and Ryan Flynn.

Meanwhile, Patrick Thistle will attempt to hijack Port Vale’s move for Florent Cuvelier after capturing his United team mate Lyle Taylor on loan. However Vale remain in pole position to secure the Belgian’s signature.

United will play Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup after the Cottagers beat Norwich 3-0 last night.