Sheffield United: Blades open Freeman talks

Kieron Freeman could emerge as a target for Sheffield United this summer � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Kieron Freeman could emerge as a target for Sheffield United this summer � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Sheffield United have opened talks with Derby County aimed at extending Kieron Freeman’s loan, writes James Shield.

The defender is scheduled to leave Bramall Lane following this weekend’s game against Leyton Orient but officials at the iPro Stadium, where Nigel Clough spent over four years in charge, are considering United’s request to renew his agreement.

Acknowledging Freeman could be offered the chance to join the League One club on a permanent basis during the close season, Clough said: “We’ll be trying to keep Kieron until the end (of the campaign) and that conversation has already started.

“He’s versatile and there are very few (players) who can operate as comfortably as he can at either left or right back.”

Clough, the United manager, was responsible for delivering Freeman to County two years ago before resurrecting their partnership last month.

“Potentially, Kieron is ‘get’able’ and we’ll see if we can improve him,” Clough, speaking ahead of tonight’s game against Brentford, added. “He’s got ability. There’s no question about that because he is a Wales under-21 international. But he does need to sharpen-up in other areas.”

Brentford, meanwhile, have agreed to let Aaron Pierre remain with Wycombe Wanderers until May.

Pierre, aged 21, has progressed through the ranks at Griffin Park and Ose Aibangee, the Londoners’ academy director, said: “All our reports indicate that Aaron has done well there.”