Players must leave Lane before Billy can return

Wanted man: Billy Clarke could re-join United
Wanted man: Billy Clarke could re-join United
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Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson had admitted any move to bring back former loan star Billy Clarke could hinge on him trimming his existing squad.

Clarke shone in a productive spell at United earlier in the season where he notched one goal and claimed five assists in six appearances.

Since returning to parent club Blackpool, Clarke has featured just once and Wilson admits he is interested in re-signing the talented striker.

The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international is out of contract next summer and has fallen down the pecking order at Bloomfield Road.

Wilson said: “There is a possibility with Billy but it depends on the people going out of the club.

“Billy did very well when he was with us and enjoyed his time. I’m sure Billy would like to come back but there are lots of issues to be spoken about and dealt with at Blackpool.

“We will have to wait and see. I can’t say what’s going to happen in January because I don’t know. I wish we did.

“We have our eye on one or two players just in case things do happen.”

James Beattie, contracted with United until the New Year, will not be included in the travelling party for Bournemouth.

Wilson has spoken of his disappointment at not being able to select Beattie, who has struggled in recent weeks with food poisoning and a calf knock.

“It is a frustrating time from everybody’s point of view,” said Wilson.

“He is not up to training at the moment because of his calf so it is like one step forward, two steps back for him.

“We can always extend James’ contract but he needs to be playing prior to January.”