Sheffield United: Clough wants White on loan

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Sheffield United are poised to capture Leeds defender Aidan White on loan after new manager Nigel Clough confirmed he has enquired about the former Republic of Ireland under-21 international’s availability.

Clough, who took charge at Bramall Lane last week, is understood to have raised the subject hours before Saturday’s win over Crewe Alexandra which lifted his team out of League One’s bottom four.

Speaking after two goals from Harry Maguire and a Ryan Flynn effort helped stretch United’s unbeaten run to three games, he told The Star: “Yes, we’ve asked about Aidan. Nothing more has been done yet but hopefully we should know more around Tuesday or Wednesday. It’s a possibility.”

Clough, who parted company with Derby County last month, tried to sign White midway through his tenure at Pride Park.

“He’s a player that we know,” Clough added. “That was about 18 months ago so we’ll see what happens.”

White, aged 22, was rated as one of Leeds’ most promising young talents after making his senior debut against Crystal Palace in four years ago.

However, despite signing a new contract on the eve of the 2012/13 campaign, the former England youth international has been used sparingly by Brian McDermott this term. Blackpool and Barnsley are also known to have monitored White’s situation while Lille OSC, of France’s Le Championnat, were reportedly contemplating a move before he agreed fresh terms.

White was a member of the Leeds squad which secured promotion to the Championship in 2011 and, should United receive the green light, could make his debut when they visit Shrewsbury this weekend.

Maguire and Flynn helped Clough’s reignto a perfect start, with substitute Max Clayton scoring a late consolation for Crewe

“Confidence is one of the biggest factors in football and the best way to instill that is by winning matches,” Clough, who paid tribute to Chris Morgan’s work as caretaker manager, said: “The welcome was lovely before the game and if we can get a few more victories that’s great because the crowd were right behind us.”