Sheffield United are continuing to monitor Steve Davies as they plot a third bid for the Blackpool centre-forward.
And Nigel Clough could accelerate plans to capture a player he has chased since taking charge of United last season if Gary Madine’s presence at Bloomfield Road threatens the 27-year-old’s position in Lee Clarke’s squad.
Davies has twice been the subject of interest from Bramall Lane since Clough’s appointment as manager with a deal being agreed in principle until the Championship club’s owners blocked the transfer four months ago.
Despite that set-back, United have refused to remove his name from their list of transfer targets.
“We are always looking at people,” Clough told The Star. “That process never stops.
“There are a few in particular that we have in mind. But we’ll have to wait and see what’s possible and we won’t be disclosing any names.”
Blackpool signed Madine on emergency loan from Sheffield Wednesday earlier this week and he made his debut as a second-half substitute for Davies during Tuesday’s defeat by Middlesbrough.
United, who visit League One leaders Bristol City tomorrow, prepared for their trip to Ashton Gate with a 4-1 victory over Colchester.
Matt Done celebrated his first appearance for the hosts after leaving Rochdale by scoring his 15th goal of the season as Clough’s team climbed to sixth.
“Matt did ever so well and showed what an asset he will be,” Clough said. “He was full of energy, took his goal well and chased their defenders down every time they had the ball.
“Basically, he was a real pest and that was great to see. He showed why we wanted to bring him in.”
Nevertheless, with Michael Higdon nursing a hamstring complaint and Brighton and Hove Albion insisting former loanee Chris O’Grady will not be leaving The AMEX Stadium until this summer at the earliest, Clough recently indicated he remains in the market for someone capable of adding “a physical presence” to United’s attacking options.
United are previously thought to be proposed a deal whereby they would recruit Davies on loan with a commitment to purchase for a pre-arranged fee should the move prove a success.