Clubs line up bids for Blades stalwart ‘Monty’

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NICK Montgomery’s situation at Bramall Lane is being monitored by a host of Championship clubs, The Star understands.

Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Burnley are among those teams known to be considering bids while Brighton, Birmingham City and possibly Leeds could yet enter the fray.

United’s Yorkshire rivals were previously thought to have cooled their interest after the midfielder rejected an earlier opportunity to move to Elland Road.”

Montgomery, a former Scotland under-21 and Futures international, was an unused sub in Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Salisbury but could return to action when Danny Wilson’s side host Yeovil Town in League One tomorrow.

United have been paired with Birmingham or Wolves at home in the fourth round following a 3-1 victory over the visitors from Wiltshire.

Expressing concerns about the poor state of Bramall Lane’s playing surface, Wilson added: “It’s not conducive for what we are trying to do but we won’t be changing our style. “The matter is being addressed but it’s probably not going to be possible to do anything about it until the end of the season.

“The groundsman and his staff give us the best pitch they possibly can - but because of where the stadium is it’s difficult to get any light on it.”

Darrell Clarke, the Salisbury manager, thanked United for their “hospitality”.

Nearly 1,400 supporters made the long journey north for a match he acknowledged was their “Wembley.”

“It was terrific to see so many of them here and hopefully they enjoyed themselves,” Clarke added. “United have treated us superbly ever since the draw was made.

“The way their fans stayed behind as well to cheer my lads and applauded our goal showed real class.”