Sheffield United: Blades face judgement day over Alan

Sheffield United score against Tranmere Rovers � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United score against Tranmere Rovers � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Sheffield United are believed to be facing competition from several of their League One rivals, including leaders Brentford, in the battle for Alan Judge’s signature, writes James Shield.

The Blackburn Rovers midfielder is understood to have been on the verge of joining United before the recent deadline for emergency loan signings but remained at Ewood Park when red tape scuppered the move.

Nigel Clough, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, is expected to make a series of early forays into the transfer market after yesterday allowing Lyle Taylor to depart Bramall Lane only five months after arriving from Falkirk.

With fellow centre-forward Marlon King also facing an uncertain future, attacking reinforcements are thought to be Clough’s priority ahead of tomorrow’s fixture against Walsall.

Crystal Palace’s Kevin Phillips, who considered a switch to United before opting for Blackpool two years ago, has confirmed he is set to leave Selhurst Park but it remains unclear whether Clough considers the 40-year-old a viable short-term option.

United climbed to 17th when they beat Tranmere Rovers on Sunday.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1