SHEFFIELD UNITED: Monty mania

Coveted: Many clubs are keen on Nick Montgomery
Coveted: Many clubs are keen on Nick Montgomery
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HUDDERSFIELD Town and Blackpool have entered the race for Nick Montgomery’s signature.

The Sheffield United midfielder appears destined to leave Bramall Lane as manager Danny Wilson reshapes his squad following last season’s League One play-off final defeat.

Millwall, where Montgomery spent a brief spell on loan earlier this year, Burnley and Leeds are all monitoring the 30-year-old’s situation.

But Town, who beat United in the Wembley showpiece, could twist the knife still further by luring him to the Galpharm Stadium instead, with Ian Holloway’s side also believed to be keen.

Huddersfield chief Simon Grayson is a long-term admirer of Montgomery, having considered submitting a bid while still in charge at Elland Road.

United, who return to competitive action with a Capital One Cup tie against Burton Albion this weekend, were last night poised to capture centre-forward Nick Blackman from Blackburn Rovers after talks with officials at Ewood Park reached an advanced stage.

The Star understands the former Motherwell and Aberdeen loanee’s arrival could hasten the departure of fellow striker Richard Cresswell.

Scunthorpe is a possible destination for the Bramall Lane frontman.

Cresswell has scored 10 goals in his previous 51 appearances for United.

But with Shane Miller and John Cofie also among Wilson’s summer acquisitions, United might be persuaded to sell, despite counting Alan Knill’s side among their divisional rivals.

Blackman, aged 22, started his professional career at Macclesfield Town.

Although he netted 12 times in less than 30 starts north of the border, opportunities have proved in short supply since returning to England.