Sheffield United: Blades boss Nigel Clough to get January transfer funds

Michael Higdon has made progress in his battle against injury � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Michael Higdon has made progress in his battle against injury � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has received permission to spend during the January transfer window, writes James Shield.

And, with the former England international insisting League One has yet to see the best of his squad, confirmation that Bramall Lane’s board of directors are preparing to release fresh funds will send a chill down the spine of their promotion rivals.

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Clough, speaking ahead of Friday’s encounter with fellow Championship hopefuls Notts County, revealed he still hopes to bolster the attacking options at United’s disposal before tomorrow’s emergency loan deadline.

Nottingham Forest’s Dexter Blackstock is a confirmed target while a bid for Chris O’Grady could be resurrected early in the New Year should Brighton and Hove Albion refuse to part company with the 28-year-old this week.

Steve Davies, the Blackpool centre-forward, has also been the subject of interest from United.

“We’re well placed with plenty more to come from the lads,” Clough said. “And we can also look to strengthen in January so, all things considered, that’s encouraging. There’s plenty to look forward to because we’re still growing as a group with lots of room to improve.”

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Clough, whose team are fifth in the table, received a boost ahead of County’s visit when strikers Marc McNulty and Michael Higdon both took part in a behind-doors-friendly against Bradford City yesterday. The match also marked the return of midfielder Florent Cuvelier from injury as the Belgian midfielder made his first appearance since undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured cruciate ligament nearly 11 months ago.

Kieran Wallace is also expected to join former Ilkeston team mate Che Adams in South Yorkshire shortly after impressing during a series of trial spells with United’s under-21’s.

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