Sheffield United: Boro’s Luke is a target for Blades

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Sheffield United, who were last night continuing their negotiations with Livingston’s Stefan Scougall, are believed to be monitoring Middlesbrough centre-forward Luke Williams as Nigel Clough presses ahead with his overhaul of Bramall Lane’s first- team squad.

Sources in the North-east have told The Star that Williams, an England under-20 international, could be offered the chance to join United on loan ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Fulham.

With Cardiff City defender John Brayford also featuring on Clough’s wanted list, despite interest from a host of Championship clubs, United could unveil three new players before they return to League One action when Peterborough visit South Yorkshire next week.

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Darren Ferguson’s side have expressed an interest in Scougall since the transfer window reopened earlier this month, but United’s offer, which could be worth up to £400,000, has left them in pole position.

Meanwhile, United beat Millwall 8-7 on penalties in the FA Youth Cup yesterday. The score was 2-2 after extra time.