SHEFFIELD UNITED: Addicks admire Blades midfielder

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CHARLTON Athletic are monitoring Stephen Quinn’s situation at Bramall Lane, The Star can confirm.

Chris Powell’s side, who won promotion to the Championship last season, enquired about the Sheffield United midfielder’s availability earlier this month.

Although on that occasion they failed to broker a deal, Charlton have continued to keep tabs on Quinn despite the arrival of former Glasgow Rangers winger Salim Kerkar.

United manager Danny Wilson, whose team return to League One action against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, recently acknowledged several high-earners could depart before the end of the summer transfer window.

Wilson’s predecessor Neil Warnock, now in charge of Yorkshire rivals Leeds, is understood to have ratified his interest in Nick Montgomery.

Huddersfield Town, Burnley, Blackpool and Millwall also court the 30-year-old’s services although Warnock must wait until certain off-the-pitch matters are resolved at Elland Road before pressing ahead.

United striker Richard Cresswell, who like Montgomery was omitted from the squad which entertained Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup last weekend, counts Scunthorpe among his list of admirers. Despite admitting that reducing Bramall Lane’s wage bill is now a priority, Wilson has continued to identify potential targets of his own.

However, sources close to the South Yorkshire club yesterday claimed there is no substance to stories linking them with Jimmy Bullard following his release by Ipswich Town.

Twelve months ago Quinn was the subject of what Wilson labelled a “derisory” bid by Blackpool.

He made over 50 appearances for United last season.