Sheffield United: Blades plan Sky Blues raid

United's Matt Hill goes down under a challenge from Patrick Bamford and Stephen Gleeson
United's Matt Hill goes down under a challenge from Patrick Bamford and Stephen Gleeson
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Sheffield United, who are poised to unveil Florent Cuvelier as their latest new signing, could launch a spectacular raid on Coventry City ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.

David Weir reiterated his desire to bolster the attacking options at United’s disposal after yet more profligate finishing contributed to their defeat by MK Dons.

With the South Yorkshire club set to reveal the identity of its new multi-million pound investor tomorrow, The Star understands that Bramall Lane officials view City centre-forward Leon Clarke as a potential solution to their problems in front of goal.

United’s League One rivals confirmed last week that Callum Wilson, his team mate at Sixfields, has also attracted interest from Weir after scoring six times in as many outings this season.

However, sources close to Clarke suggest the 28-year-old, previously of Swindon Town and Sheffield Wednesday, has now joined Wilson on the former Scotland international’s wish-list after making an equally impressive start to the campaign.

Weir, who saw Febian Brandy miss a gilt-edged opportunity against Karl Robinson’s side before being dismissed during the closing stages, said: “Of course the lack of goals is a concern. But we are working hard to turn it around.

“It’s not just a case of looking elsewhere. We’ve also got to look at what we do ourselves as well and work hard on that.

“I thought we played some good football and created some good chances (against Dons). I’m not going to make excuses because I know ultimately it’s about the result.

“But I’m convinced there are goals in that team. Because of the quality there is in it.”

Cuvelier, a Belgium under-21 international, watched from the stands as Antony Kay claimed Dons’ winner moments after Brandy had shot wide from point-blank range following debutant Jose Baxter’s cross.

Cuvelier, aged 20, progressed through the ranks at Mouscron before arriving at Stoke City via Portsmouth.