SHEFFIELD UNITED: Riise Keen On Lane Switch

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BJORN Helge Riise, Sheffield United’s latest loan signing, wants to save the South Yorkshire club from relegation so he can earn a permanent transfer to Bramall Lane.

Riise, who last night revealed concerns about his international place with Norway could force him to quit Fulham at the end of the season, admitted he would seriously consider joining Micky Adams’ side should the opportunity arise.

“I definitely would look into staying here,” Riise said. “I like the group, I like the stadium and I’m pleased to come to what I consider is a very professional set-up.

“Hopefully I can do well here and then we’ll see what happens.

“We’ll see what the situation is and take things from there.”

United travel to fellow strugglers Scunthorpe tonight five points adrift of safety in the Championship table but the 27-year-old insists they possess the quality to survive.

“I’ve played two games so far and, from what I’ve seen in them both, we can do it,” he added.

“There is definitely enough quality within the squad to get us out of trouble.”

Riise helped Fulham reach the Europa League Final last term but has found opportunities hard to come by under Roy Hodgson’s successor, Mark Hughes.

The prospect of joining a team searching for its first win since December did not fill him with dread given his experiences with former club Lillestrom in 2008.

“I’ve been here before,” Riise said. “We were expected to go well and it came right down to the end but we stayed up.

“I don’t really look at the league tables because, if you keep counting points, I think it just messes up your head. It’s better to focus on our games.

“Every game is a big game for us now. There aren’t any that are bigger than the rest. They’re all the same in terms of importance.

“What we have to do, in my opinion, is believe in ourselves, stick together and not change things too much. But of course it can still be done.”

Scunthorpe, who beat United 4-0 at Bramall Lane in September, are a place and a point behind Adams’ men in the table.

Sam Togwell, their midfielder, said: “United lost at the weekend so they’re not going to like coming here. You won’t be able to pass on this pitch so let’s have through and tumble game.

“You don’t want to lose any match but you’d rather winan draw.”