Sheffield United: Blades eye Scottish swoop

Marc McNulty plays against Rotherham during a pre-seasons friendly in Scotland
Marc McNulty plays against Rotherham during a pre-seasons friendly in Scotland
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough is understood to have resurrected his interest in Livingston centre-forward Marc McNulty, writes James Shield.

Sources in Scotland confirmed last night that McNulty is being monitored by clubs on both sides of the border after scoring 18 goals for the Scottish Championship outfit this term.

Clough, who was linked with the 21-year-old during his spell in charge of Derby County, has made no secret of the fact he wants to sign at least one new striker before the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

United are thought to enjoy a good relationship with officials at Almondvale Stadium after signing Stefan Scougall, McNulty’s former team mate, during the January transfer window.

Clough, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game against Coventry City, paid tribute to the Scotland under-21 international’s contribution since arriving in South Yorkshire, insisting: “Stefan’s drive, energy and willingness to get forward with or without the ball is excellent.

“Our job is to get a few more like-minded people here. People who possess the same attitude and desire.”

McNulty represented Celtic and Hibernian and youth level before moving to West Lothian, where he is under contract for another 12 months, in 2009.

United, who are also keeping a watching brief on Tottenham Hotspur defender Kevin Stewart, will assess Neill Collins (ankle), Matt Hill (calf) and Terry Kennedy (knee) before naming their starting eleven for the final match of the League One season.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1