Sheffield United’s move for Kieron Freeman has hit a stumbling block, manager Nigel Clough revealed last night, which could also affect their ability to sign fellow Derby County player Mason Bennett on loan.
Clough made the admission after watching second-half goals from Chris Porter and Neill Collins put Fenerbahce to the sword during the League One club’s 125th anniversary fixture at Bramall Lane.
United hoped to include Freeman in the team which faced the Turkish champions but talks with the full-back and his representatives have now reached a crossroads, Clough confirmed.
“We’ve hit a few obstacles with Kieron,” Clough told The Star. “If we do a deal then it has to feel right for all parties concerned. We’ll sit down and have a think about things over the next 24 hours to see what we can do and if we can get over them. They’re not insurmountable but we can’t guarantee anything.
“Being able to get Mason is part of the package so, if we can’t get things resolved with Kieron then it could prove difficult to bring him here.”
Bennett, aged 18, recently agreed a new four year contract with County and was on the verge of following his team mate to South Yorkshire until developments yesterday.
“We want to bring Mason here because we’ve worked with him before and we know all about his attributes,” Clough said. “He’s quick, he’s powerful and can be very direct but, if it proves impossible, then we’ll keep on looking knowing that we’ve already got some very good forwards here.”