Sheffield United: Blades set to monitor former Owl’s availability

Sheffield United are waiting to learn if Chris O'Grady can leave Brighton this summer � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Sheffield United are waiting to learn if Chris O'Grady can leave Brighton this summer � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

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Sheffield United will resurrect their interest in Chris O’Grady if he is allowed to leave Brighton and Hove Albion this summer, writes James Shield.

Nigel Clough, the United manager, is a confirmed admirer of the former Sheffield Wednesday centre-forward having signed him on loan from the Championship club last term.

As The Star revealed earlier this week, Clough wants to bolster the attacking options at his disposal ahead of the 2015/16 campaign with one, possibly two, centre-halves also known to feature on United’s wanted-list.

Another former loanee, Steven Davies, is another possibility although Clough was last night waiting to discover if Blackpool had chosen to activate a clause in his contract allowing them to retain his services for a further 12 months.

Davies finished the season at United and scored in their 7-6 aggregate defeat by Swindon Town in the League One play-off semi-finals after personally requesting a move to South Yorkshire.

O’Grady made four appearances for Clough’s side before being recalled to The American Express Community Stadium in December following Chris Hughton’s appointment as Sami Hyypiä’s successor.

However, he faces an uncertain future in East Sussex as Hughton rebuilds his squad.

Aged 29, O’Grady also represented Rotherham before moving to Barnsley in 2013.

Twitter: @JamesShield1

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