Sheffield United: Clough raps transfer regulations

Nigel Clough at Port Vale
Nigel Clough at Port Vale
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has blasted legislation which effectively prohibits him from making an immediate entrance into the transfer market.

Clough, who unveiled plans to bolster the options at his disposal earlier this month, is “baffled” that football’s governing bodies tolerate a situation whereby the deadline for players to be eligible for this weekend’s FA Cup third round ties expires BEFORE they can be signed by League One clubs.

Chesterfield’s Jimmy Ryan is known to feature among United’s potential targets while The Star understands that representatives from Bramall Lane have also monitored the progress of his team mate Eoin Doyle.

Clough, whose side visit Queens Park Rangers in the third round on Sunday, said: “The (transfer) window opens on January 3. If you want to play in these (FA Cup) games then you have to be registered by January 2.

“Can anyone explain that? I certainly can’t and I’m baffled by it. There’s a definitely anomaly there.

“So what it means is we can’t bring anyone in before our league game with Preston North End on January 10. That’s a third of the way through the window.”

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