Sheffield United: Loan striker Chris O’Grady could sign permanently, says Blades boss Nigel Clough

Chris O'Grady in training with United
Chris O'Grady in training with United
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Nigel Clough has revealed Sheffield United could attempt to sign Chris O’Grady on a permanent basis when his loan from Brighton and Hove Albion expires.

Clough made the admission ahead of tomorrow’s League One encounter against MK Dons which is set to mark the striker’s debut for the South Yorkshire club.

O’Grady, previously of Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday, is scheduled to rejoin Albion in January but will be offered the chance to extend his stay at Bramall Lane.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to keep Chris for a while longer and then, after that, we’ll see,” Clough told The Star. “We’ve not talked about doing anything permanently with either him or Brighton but in situations like this the thought is usually always there.

“A lot will depend on what position they are in and what is happening down there because things can change quickly in football.

“But, yes, we’ll look to keep Chris for a while longer and then take things from there.”

“Chris is under contract there for quite a while yet,” Clough, the United manager, added. “So that’s why so much will be down to what they want to do and why it’s impossible to talk with any degree of certainty.”

O’Grady rejected a permanent move to United after leaving Oakwell during the close season but has failed to command a regular place in Sami Hyypia’s squad.

Clough, confirming the 28-year-old was always “our number one target” after injuries to Michael Higdon and Marc McNulty forced United back into the transfer market, elected not to select him for Friday’s draw with Notts County due to a “slight calf problem.”

“I don’t know why Chris hasn’t been involved down there,” Clough said. “It’s not really my concern and sometimes that just happens because different managers have got their own way of doing things.

“Chris probably could have taken some part (versus) County but we didn’t want to put him in and then lose him straight away for a few weeks. It’s just a little thing he picked up in training (for Albion) at the start of the week. Nothing serious.”