Sheffield United: Clough considers loan options

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough is analysing the emergency loan market
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough is analysing the emergency loan market
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Sheffield United were last night continuing to investigate lines of enquiry in the emergency loan market as Nigel Clough attempts to further strengthen his first team squad, writes James Shield.

But, rejecting claims the club’s desire to bolster its options in both defence and attack should be interpreted as a criticism of the players already at his disposal, Clough told The Star that coaching staff are instead trying to ensure Bramall Lane’s talent pool is deep enough to cope with the demands of challenging for success on four fronts.

Steve Davies, the former Derby County centre-forward, is understood to United’s main target despite Blackpool’s refusal to sell before the deadline for permanent signings earlier this month.

However Clough, whose side reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup last term, was at pains to praise Michael Higdon’s performance following his goal scoring exploits during Tuesday’s Capital One Cup success at Leyton Orient.

“Michael took his goal well, made his presence felt on their defence and held the ball up well,” Clough said. “That brought others into play and he showed what he’s capable of.”

“We’ve got Marc McNulty and Jose (Baxter) here too,” Clough added. “They’ve also done really well.

“But, yes, we are still looking at doing a couple of things. Situations change all the time but there are a few things we’re keeping an eye on.”

United, who begin their JP Trophy campaign at Hartlepool next month, return to League One action against Gillingham tomorrow.

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