Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, is set to end his search for a new centre-forward by capturing Mason Bennett on loan.
Bennett, who agreed a four year contract with Derby County earlier this week, will be joined at Bramall Lane by team mate Kieron Freeman following talks between representatives of the two clubs.
Clough, speaking after last night’s 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town, confirmed a deal for Freeman has “basically” been agreed after he impressed on loan for United earlier this year.
But The Star understands that Bennett, aged 18, is also destined for South Yorkshire on a temporary basis despite putting pen to paper on his new agreement at the iPro Stadium.
Although Clough refused to divulge the identity of those names on his wanted-list - “We could look to bring in one striker or it could be two” - he acknowledged: “We’re looking at someone from a level above to bring that little bit of quality. We’ve made some enquiries and we’ll keep on pressing ahead.”
“We’re basically there with Kieron,” Clough added. “We’ve pencilled him in for our game against Fenerbahce (on Thursday) and hopefully he’ll take part in that. Kieron did well for us when he was here last time and we’ll sure he’ll do so again. If we do well then there is no way that one full-back is going to be able to play 60 odd games. That’s a big ask so we need depth there.”
Meanwhile, Clough has confirmed that Harry Maguire’s move to Hull City has yet to be officially processed despite the Premier League club’s decision to unveil him as their latest signing yesterday.
“We’ve not signed the paperwork at our end yet,” he said. “I’m sure it will all go through and we can’t control what happens elsewhere but, say somebody here decided not to sign it off, then they might be in danger of looking a little bit silly.”