Sheffield united: Oxford want Long on loan

United celebrate Andy Butler's goal in the 1-1 friendly draw at Northampton last night
United celebrate Andy Butler's goal in the 1-1 friendly draw at Northampton last night
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Oxford United are monitoring George Long, The Star understands, after Nigel Clough confirmed he can leave Bramall Lane on loan.

The Sheffield United goalkeeper is believed to feature on Michael Appleton’s wanted list with talks over a six month deal thought to have taken place between the clubs.

Appleton was unveiled as Gary Waddock’s successor earlier this month and set his sights on acquiring Long’s services following Clough’s admission that Mark Howard is poised to retain the number one jersey next term.

Adam Nditi, who parted company with Chelsea at the end of last season, started last night’s 1-1 friendly against Northampton Town after joining United on trial.

The defender, who was born in Tanzania, played 61 minutes before being substituted and could feature again when Dundee visit Bramall Lane on Friday evening. Robbie Crawford, previously of Glasgow Rangers, also took part at Sixfields Stadium.

Clough said: “We’ll see what happens with Adam and there’s a possibility we could take another look at him next week because it’s a big step coming from academy and under-21 football into the seniors.”

Meanwhile, Joe Ironside could be offered the chance to join Grimsby Town after undergoing a trial with the Conference club.

Ironside, who has made 23 appearances for United, is expected to leave South Yorkshire after failing to force himself into Clough’s plans for the 2014/15 campaign.