Caolan Lavery is exploring the possibility of joining Sheffield United, The Star understands.
Lavery, who has spent the past four years with rivals Sheffield Wednesday, visited Bramall Lane to watch Saturday’s League One fixture between Rochdale and Chris Wilder’s side.
Although United officials insist they had not held talks with the Canadian-born forward before the match, his decision to attend was interpreted as a signal he wants to push through a move by senior members of the club’s hierarchy.
Despite declaring Lavery surplus to requirements at the end of last term, Wednesday will be entitled to receive a compensation fee from the 23-year-old’s next employers.
Wilder confirmed he hopes to re-enter the transfer market before this month’s deadline for new signings after watching Billy Sharp’s late equaliser secure United’s first point of the new season following Andy Cannon’s first-half strike.
“I understand we’ve got a lot of work to do with recruitment and also as a team,” Wilder said. “But one of the fundamental things to get results through this period is that the players stick together and we did that. It’s important that we leave everything out there.”
“I will be critical of the players,” the United manager added. “The quality wasn’t as good as we can produce and it wasn’t where I wanted us to be. But, in terms of sticking at it and putting a shift in, they certainly did that.”
United handed a debut to Harry Chapman during the 1-1 draw with Rochdale after recruiting the teenager on a season long loan from Middlesbrough. Chapman could make his first start since leaving Teesside against Southend tomorrow night.
“We’re delighted they have decided the next part of Harry’s career should be here,” Wilder said. “He will bring the punters off their feet and he’s an exciting talent. He’s got a bit about him and has a bit of an edge.
“It was difficult for him because he didn’t come in until 11.59am on the Friday, he didn’t train and has spent the past few days up and down the motorway. One of the things we wanted to bring in is people who get at opposition back fours and take people out of the game because we understand people are going to come here and sit in.”