Sheffield United: Nigel Clough’s striker search could go right to the wire, with Chris O’Grady still the main target

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Nigel Clough has admitted that Sheffield United’s search for a striker could go right down to the wire before the emergency loan window slams shut this evening.

Clough, who received some encouragement in his pursuit of Chris O’Grady yesterday when the Seagulls signed Darren Bent on loan, is also keeping tabs on Dexter Blackstock ahead of the 5pm deadline, while Leon Clarke, of Wolves, could also come into consideration, if still available.

United resume their League One campaign at home to Notts County tomorrow evening, and Clough said: “We are still making calls. We’ve been put off a couple of players and it can be frustrating, but we’ll keep chasing.

“There’s no point in us taking any old player... they have to be of a certain quality and standard, to improve us.

“The loan window is a bit like the full transfer window... sometimes it goes to the wire and clubs like to leave it as long as possible before they make that decision. If that happens, then so be it.”

O’Grady is Clough’s number one target, but United face competition from Preston for his services. With strikers Michael Higdon and Marc McNulty both approaching full fitness, Clough yesterday sanctioned Diego De Girolamo’s loan return to League Two side York City.

“He had a great few weeks there,” Clough said.

“He got some goals, and it’ll be good for him to get some more games.”