Sheffield United: Blades step-up Brayford hunt as Harry departs

John Brayford (right) impressed at Bramall Lane last season � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
John Brayford (right) impressed at Bramall Lane last season � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has confirmed he will make a fresh approach for John Brayford after Harry Maguire’s move to Hull City was rubber-stamped, writes James Shield.

As The Star revealed last month, Brayford is one of the League One club’s leading transfer targets after impressing on loan at Bramall Lane earlier this year.

With United poised to receive an initial £2m plus add-ons for Maguire, who is scheduled to be officially unveiled as a City player before their Europa League qualifier against Trencin on Thursday, Clough hopes to use a portion of that fee to persuade Ole Gunnar Solskjær to part company with the 26-year-old full-back.

However, sources in Wales have indicated the Norwegian remains determined to retain Brayford’s services after being impressed by his performances during pre-season.

Clough said: “Cardiff have got to be open to that suggestion, as I’ve made clear before. We’ll make a further enquiry about it this week but it might not be about finance.”

Both City and United, who “reluctantly” accepted a revised offer for Maguire yesterday, have agreed not to divulge the exact terms of the deal which takes the centre-half to the KC Stadium.

But Clough said: “We follow baseball in America and there you can look up what all the budgets and the salaries are. It’s clear.

“I wouldn’t be averse to something similar here, even regarding player wages, because I think it would help understanding.

“You could even put budgets alongside league position. I wouldn’t have a problem with that at all.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1