SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades target set for Ewood exit

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SHEFFIELD United target Nick Blackman has been told he can leave Blackburn Rovers.

The striker, who was the subject of an enquiry from Bramall Lane earlier this week, was last night informed manager Steve Kean is unlikely to include him in his plans next season.

However, although Rovers’ decision to cull Blackman from their squad could pave the way for him to join Danny Wilson’s side, The Star understands negotiations have been complicated by the Championship club’s interest in Jordan Rhodes.

Kean’s board of directors are close to agreeing a fee for the Huddersfield Town marksman, but an Ewood Park source yesterday revealed they have also offered several fringe players as part of the proposed deal.

“Nick can go,” one said. “Blackburn would prefer to sell him but if needs be he can go on loan because he’s among a number of people they want off the wage bill.”

Although it remains unclear whether Huddersfield, who beat United in last season’s League One play-off final, covet Blackman’s services, Wilson could be forced to wait until Rhodes’ future is resolved before receiving an answer from Rovers.

United are hopeful of capturing the 22-year-old following Wilson’s admission he had lodged an official approach just hours before Tuesday’s friendly against Rotherham.

Blackman, who started his career with Macclesfield Town, can also operate along the flanks.