Sheffield United: Hefty price tag on target

Conor Coady
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Liverpool are believed to have placed a £1m price tag on midfielder Conor Coady, writes James Shield.

The former Sheffield United loanee, who made 50 appearances for Nigel Clough’s side last season, features among a group of players Brendan Rodgers is reportedly prepared to sell should a rival club meet their valuation.

Sources in the North-West told The Star last night that although Anfield officials are unlikely to demand immediate payment in full, interested parties could still be required to bid over half that sum to trigger any negotiations about the final amount.

Clough refused to rule-out the possibility of brokering another temporary agreement for Coady’s services after unveiling Marc McNulty and Jamal Campbell-Ryce as his first summer signings earlier this week.

But the 48-year-old did acknowledge that pushing through a deal could prove difficult given the player’s success at Bramall Lane.

“Conor only has a year left on his contract so Liverpool have to make a decision as to whether they will extend it or maybe look to sell,” Clough said before adding: “The ball, quite rightly, is entirely in their court.”

Coady, speaking earlier this month, confirmed he would be “delighted” to rejoin United should Rodgers decide another spell there on loan would accelerate his development. He scored six goals for the League One club, including one against Nottingham Forest during its march into the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

“If they say that I should comeback then, definitely, without a shadow of a doubt. If that was on option then I’d be made up,” Coady, aged 21, said. “As I’ve always made clear, I love it here, everything about the place.”

“Working with the gaffer and the rest of the lads,” he added. “I’ve loved every single minute of it all.”