Former Blades’ striker Vincent can be a ‘handful’ for the Cherries

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FORMER Sheffield United striker Vincent Pericard is training with Bournemouth.

The 28-year-old, once on the books of Juventus, has not had a club since being released by Swindon at the end of last season.

“He’s a big, strong, quick target man and on his day he’s a real handful,” boss Lee Bradbury said. “I wanted to get him training and you never know what will happen. If he does well I told him we will see what happens.”

Bjørn Helge Riise, who played 13 games for United last season, has been tipped to become a new favourite at Portsmouth. Manager Steve Cotterill said: “He’s a good footballer, a bundle of energy and has played for his country 30-plus times. He’s fit, strong and a bright footballer. We kept our eye on him last year when we did well at Sheffield United.”

Steve McClaren admits off-field “squabbling” led to problems on the pitch for Nottingham Forest this season.

McClaren took charge in the summer but has been frustrated by the lack of transfer activity. “My job is to fight for what is right but as soon as the transfer window closes, you know what you have got, where you are and now is the time to concentrate on where we’re going,” said McClaren. “We know this is our squad and we get on with it - that’s everybody. From that moment we can say: ‘stop squabbling off the field and concentrate on it’. Previously, everything was up in the air. There was more going on off the field than there was going on the field. That caused instability.”