Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has refused to rule-out the possibility of resigning Liverpool’s Conor Coady despite admitting that a new midfielder does not feature among his priorities in transfer market.
Coady, who has been informed he can leave Anfield should an acceptable offer be received, made 50 appearances for the League One club last term after joining on a season long loan.
Although Clough acknowledged the arrival of James Wallace, Ben Davies, Chris Basham and Jamal Campbell-Ryce meant strengthening United’s “defence and attack” was now his most pressing concern, he said: “If we ever had the opportunity to work with Conor again then, yes, it’s something we’d like to do. At the moment we are pretty well-stocked in there but you never know what might happen in the future. We’ll see.”
United, who “reluctantly” agreed to sell Harry Maguire to Hull City earlier this week, are poised to bank an initial £2m following the centre-half’s move to the KC Stadium with further sums, believed to total around £1m or £1.5m, payable in performance and appearance related instalments. Clough will use some of that money to try and lure John Brayford away from Cardiff City but Ole Gunnar Solskjær, his counterpart in Wales, has repeatedly stressed he has no intention of parting company with the full-back.
“He’s done fantastic for Nigel at all the clubs he’s been at,” said Solskjær. “I can see what Nigel sees in him.
“He’ll play an important role for me. We know he can play at this level, he played in the Championship for many years with Derby.”
Like Brayford, Coady, aged 21, emerged as a driving force behind United’s climb from 21st to seventh in the table following Clough’s appointment last season and also helped them reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Liverpool are believed to value the former England under-20 captain at around £1m with Wolverhampton Wanderers known to have made a tentative enquiry earlier this summer.