Cresswell backs Beattie return

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SHEFFIELD United striker Richard Cresswell has endorsed the club’s efforts to re-sign James Beattie.

The former England and Glasgow Rangers marksman, who scored 34 goals in 65 appearances during a prolific spell at Bramall Lane earlier in his career, hopes to complete an emotional return to South Yorkshire later this week.

Beattie’s arrival would increase competition for places in attack but Cresswell told The Star: “Personally, I think it would be great to have him here.

“I’ve known James a long time and a fit James Beattie would be an asset for any club so why not?

“The more good players the better as far as we’re all concerned.”

Beattie has spent the past six days training with Danny Wilson’s squad after leaving Ibrox earlier this year.

He was spotted completing circuits of the pitch before the 1-0 victory over Carlisle which ensured United remained fifth in the League One table.

Wilson hinted a deal could be struck before this weekend’s visit to Chesterfield but warned Beattie’s lack of conditioning means he “wouldn’t walk straight into the team”.

“James is working very hard,” Wilson continued.

“In an ideal world you’d want to give him a four or five-week training programme.

“We’re hoping he will be near to where he needs to be in a couple of weeks.

“James understands he’s got to put the leg-work in.”