Sheffield United: Blades placed on striker red alert

Former Sheffield United loanee Steven Davies � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Former Sheffield United loanee Steven Davies � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Steven Davies will be invited to discuss a move to Sheffield United following his release by Blackpool, writes James Shield.

The former Bristol City centre-forward finished last season on loan at Bramall Lane after personally forcing through a move to South Yorkshire.

Chris O'Grady represented Sheffield United on loan last season

Chris O'Grady represented Sheffield United on loan last season

But manager Nigel Clough, who is also monitoring Brighton and Hove Albion’s Chris O’Grady, placed talks about Davies’ long-term future on hold until it became clear whether or not a contractual clause which could have tied him to Bloomfield Road for a further 12 months would be activated.

Outlining his recruitment plans, Clough told The Star: “We don’t need anymore youngsters. We’ve got enough of those already and good ones too.

“We just want established, experienced professionals. We need some of that edge, as it were.”

Clough also wants to strengthen at centre-half ahead of the new League One season.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Davies has made 261 career appearances since turning professional 10 years ago while O’Grady, aged 29, enjoyed a brief spell with United before being recalled by his parent club in December.

“The last two transfer windows have put us in a great position,” Clough said. “Providing we do it right in this one.

“We’ve got more than enough potential in the building with regards to the youngsters.

“Yes, we’ve probably relied on them too much at times but the positive is the experience they’ve got.

Steven Davies celebrates his goal against Barnsley

Steven Davies celebrates his goal against Barnsley

“Reedy (Louis Reed), Che (Adams) and Harrison (McGahey) to a degree have all shown great potential.”

Davies scored three times in 15 outings for United.

O’Grady, previously of Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Leicester City and Barnsley netted once in four.

Clough is understood to have included both on a provisional list of targets after making attack and defence his priorities this summer.

Blackpool, who were relegated from the Championship last term, could begin preparing for the 2015/16 campaign with only seven players at their disposal after former United duo Tony McMahon and Jacob Mellis were among a host of players to follow Davies through the exit door.

Meanwhile, Shaun Miller has parted company with Coventry City. The striker, who has previously represented United and Walsall, could interest York City.

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