Sheffield United could launch a bid to sign Blackpool striker Steve Davies during the January transfer window if they fail to prise him away from Bloomfield Road on loan, writes James Shield.
As The Star first revealed last month, negotiations between the rivals clubs have been on-going for at least four weeks after Nigel Clough added the 26-year-old to his wanted list.
United thought they had secured Davies’ release before their recent League One encounter against Bradford City only for their counterparts in the North-West to tear-up the proposed agreement just hours before it was due to be rubber-stamped.
But Clough, who expected to be without Michael Higdon for around four weeks after the former NEC Nijmegen centre-forward was diagnosed with a minor hamstring tear, is determined to press ahead with his efforts to capture a player who scored 36 goals in 76 starts for Derby County and Bristol City before completing a £500,000 transfer to Lancashire 16 months ago.
“We’ve had some discussions with them about Steve Davies but nothing is imminent at the moment,” the United manager confirmed. “There’s still work to do on various things.”
Negotiations with Blackpool have been complicated still further by chairman Karl Oyston’s decision to dispense with Jose Riga’s services and hand the reins to Lee Clarke instead. The former Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City chief is expected to assess all of the options at his disposal before sanctioning any departure although Davies is believed to be keen on exploring the possibility of a move to Bramall Lane.