Sheffield United: Defender deal hits stumbling block

Sean McGinty had been set to join Mansfield Town on loan � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sean McGinty had been set to join Mansfield Town on loan � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Sean McGinty’s proposed loan move to Mansfield Town has collapsed, The Star understands.

McGinty, who arrived at Bramall Lane after leaving Manchester United last year, had been poised to join Paul Cox’s side on a short-term basis this week,

However, according to sources at the One Call Stadium, the transfer is now unlikely to go ahead although McGinty will still be allowed to depart Bramall Lane in search of the regular first team football he requires in order to further his chances of selection under new manager Nigel Clough.

“It’s much better that lads who, for one reason or another, aren’t getting a regular game at the moment spend time with a club where they can,” Clough explained recently. “That way, if a chance arises here, they are in much better position and shape to take it.”

Adam Murray, Town’s assistant manager, confirmed Cox is attempting to extend Darryl Westlake’s stay in Nottinghamshire after the United defender’s initial agreement with the League Two club expired.

However Murray, speaking to the local media, refused to be drawn on reports that Marlon King is a potential target following his release by Clough earlier this month.

“Look at how Darryl Westlake has come in and made a big difference to us,” Murray said. “We are looking at a lot of players on our list.

“But it’s now how many we bring in, it’s about the quality of the player. There is no point in bringing in three or four bodies for the sake of it.”

Meanwhile, United’s Professional Development League under-21 derby against Sheffield Wednesday at Worksop on Monday has been postponed due to the visitors’ FA Cup third round replay with Macclesfield Town. A new date will be announced in due course.

The under-21’s next scheduled fixture is at Crewe Alexandra on Monday 20 January.

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