Iron weigh up options as Ched returns

Back: Striker Ched Evans.
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SCUNTHORPE United hope to bolster their attacking options ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Sheffield United, manager Alan Knill has revealed.

With Matt Godden and former Bramall Lane youngster Jordan Robertson both nursing injuries, the Lincolnshire club have opened talks with an unnamed top-flight centre-forward in an effort to increase competition for places at Glanford Park.

Knill, who hopes to make a breakthrough in the transfer market this afternoon, said: “The loan window has re-opened and we’ve been looking for a while.

“I think we definitely need a striker but it’s finding the right one although we’re hopeful.

“We’ve had a ‘Not yet’ for a striker from a Premier League club but we believe it is a ‘Maybe’ now.”

Knill’s selection problems have been exasperated by news Bobby Grant, the former Accrington Stanley marksman, is suspended for the meeting with United.

Knill, who captured Bury’s Damien Mozika on deadline day before signing Everton defender Shane Duffy on loan admitted: “If I’m honest it’s all about wages.

“We’ve just spent on Damien and Duffy so we really are at the top of the budget – probably over it.

“The chairman has really stretched to get the players we wanted in to add a bit of competition and now we’re looking to stretch him a little bit more.”

Meanwhile, Ched Evans started yesterday’s reserve team victory over Burton Albion at Shirecliffe.

The Wales international, who has not featured for United since April, played 71 minutes of the 3-0 Central League success before being substituted.

Evans was involved in the move which saw Danny Philliskirk claim the first of his two goals and blazed over from Marc Warren’s cross.

Elliott Whitehouse was also on target.

United Reserves: Long, Brown, Warren, Harriott, Parrino (Whitehouse 64), Pomares, Chapell, Conneely, Evans 9Gregory 71), Philliskirk, Murray (McFadzean 71). Not used: Willis.