Sheffield United will attempt to exploit the uncertainty surrounding Blackpool’s future by opening talks over a permanent transfer for Steven Davies, writes James Shield.
Despite sanctioning his departure on loan, officials at Bloomfield Road refused to consider selling the centre-forward when he joined Nigel Clough’s side seven weeks ago.
United had planned to hold discussions regarding Davies during the close season when the outcome of their latest promotion bid - last night’s result between Rochdale and Leyton Orient means they have yet to qualify for the League One play-offs - is known.
However, with his parent club beset by confusion and in-fighting after being relegated from the Championship, Bramall Lane’s hierarchy could be tempted to try and accelerate that timetable.
Davies, previously of Derby County and Bristol City, was instrumental in forcing through his move to South Yorkshire after twice seeing proposed deals collapse and thanked Clough and managing director Mal Brannigan for their persistence earlier this month.
However Clough, who first tried to sign the 27-year-old last summer, recently insisted United’s interest was based on sound professionals reasons rather than personality.
“It was nice of Steven to say good things about this place,” he said. “And about wanting to come here.
“But he doesn’t owe us anything. The players don’t owe us anything at all.
“They are here because they are good players, good characters and because we believe in them.”
Although United would be able to draft an outline agreement with Blackpool, finalising personal terms is likely to prove impossible until the end of the present campaign.