Sheffield United: Clough targets three

Nigel Clough, left, is hoping to bring in two or three new players to Bramall Lane.
Nigel Clough, left, is hoping to bring in two or three new players to Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough, who signed Billy Paynter on loan ahead of last weekend’s League One defeat by Notts County, is poised to continue his latest recruitment drive after revealing Bramall Lane officials are actively pursuing “two or three” more targets during this month’s transfer window.

Despite securing the Doncaster Rovers striker’s services until the end of the season, Clough told The Star that another marksman features on United’s wanted list as they bid to put daylight between themselves and the division’s bottom four.

Florent Cuvelier missed the fixture with County after an unidentified club, believed to be Port Vale, lodged an approach to capture the midfielder on a temporary basis.

But Clough, who also confirmed he is unlikely to pursue his interest in Cardiff City’s Simon Lappin after the Scot’s short-term contract with United expired, insisted their ability to strengthen does not hinge upon Cuvelier’s departure.

“We’re still trying to bring one more centre-forward in,” Clough said. “We’re still trying to bring in two or three different options because we’ve got a little bit of space.

“There are a few things we’re looking at. Whether they happen before our next game (against Bradford City) on Saturday, we’ll have to see.”

“We’re looking at another forward because Shaun Miller still isn’t quite firing on all cylinders after a long while out through injury,” Clough added. “We’re trying to bring two or three good lads in.”

Cuvelier, previously of Stoke City, has struggled to command a starting role since Clough’s appointment three months ago and, speaking after the 2-1 loss at Meadow Lane, the former England international said: “There’s a chance of Flo going out on loan and that’s why he didn’t feature because, although it’s not done yet, we feel it’s reasonably close.”