Sheffield United: Clough steps-up striker search

Nigel Clough makes his feelings known during last month's draw with Fulham at Bramall Lane
Nigel Clough makes his feelings known during last month's draw with Fulham at Bramall Lane
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Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, will press ahead with his search for a new centre-forward following tonight’s FA Cup tie at Fulham, writes James Shield.

But Clough, whose team return to League One action when they host Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, refused to rule-out the possibility of strengthening other key positions when the emergency loan window opens later this week.

“We are throwing some names around,” Clough said. “A few things need to be aligned for us to get the right man which, it goes without saying, is what we want.”

“It’s not just one area,” he added. “We’re always looking right across the pitch.

“We’d do something wherever if we felt we’d improve as a result. We’ve got the options to do a couple of things after getting Bob (Harris) on a permanent.”

Billy Clarke, the Crawley Town striker and former United loanee, emerged as a potential target for Clough before last month’s deadline for permanent signings.

However, with his side 23rd in the table, Clough acknowledged United’s predicament could have a bearing upon recruitment policy.

“Yes, that does make a difference,” he said. “We lost Alan Judge from Blackburn Rovers to Brentford.

“We should have got him in November and didn’t. We tried again in January and the answer was a ‘no’ because of the position.”