Sheffield United: New twist in striker saga

Chris O'Grady could be poised to leave Oakwell
Chris O'Grady could be poised to leave Oakwell
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Personal terms could decide whether Chris O’Grady completes his proposed move from Barnsley to Sheffield United, The Star understands.

Nigel Clough, the United manager, last night confirmed he remains interested in signing the former Sheffield Wednesday and Leicester City centre-forward ahead of the new League One campaign.

With Oakwell’s hierarchy now believed to be ready to consider offers for O’Grady, who has scored 21 goals in 59 appearances since leaving Hillsborough 18 months ago, this newspaper has learnt that talks between the two clubs took place soon after Barnsley’s relegation from the Championship in May.

Although Clough’s counterpart Danny Wilson yesterday revealed an “official bid” has yet to be received, those negotiations ended with United and Barnsley effectively agreeing how much it would cost to bring the player to Bramall Lane.

“Chris is a possibility,” Clough said. “But nothing has moved on to make it the right deal.”

“We are still looking to bring a striker in but we are not worried about starting the season with what we’ve got because there are good players here,” Clough added. “There’s Chris (Porter) and Jose (Baxter) who were an important part of our success last season and everyone seems to be forgetting about Marc (McNulty) who has come in from Livingston.

“If we get the right service to him then he’ll score. Plus, Jamal (Campbell-Ryce) and Jamie (Murphy) can play through the middle too s that means we don’t have to do anything for the sake of it.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1