Sheffield United: Scot hopes for swift resolution

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A number of League One clubs are understood to be monitoring Sheffield United midfielder Ryan Flynn amid speculation about his long-term future in South Yorkshire.

The 27-year-old, whose contract is scheduled to expire next month, has yet to discover whether manager Nigel Adkins plans to activate a clause which could tie him to Bramall Lane until the end of the 2016/17 season.

Although Flynn has publicly stated his desire to remain with United, Adkins recently outlined plans to overhaul their first team squad following a disappointing first season in charge.

United were installed as title favourites following his appointment in June but enter Sunday’s final game against Scunthorpe five points behind sixth-placed Barnsley.

Coventry City, who ended United’s play-off hopes with a 3-1 victory at the Ricoh Arena last weekend, are among those who could be tempted to move should Flynn be declared surplus to requirements. Representatives acting on behalf of Tony Mowbray’s side watched the former Scotland youth international earlier this year before apparently cooling their interest due to City’s strict wage structure.

United’s salary costs are thought to be the second highest in the division with only League One leaders Wigan Athletic paying more.

Meanwhile, United centre-forward Marc McNulty hopes to be declared fit for Portsmouth’s play-off campaign despite nursing a hamstring problem. McNulty joined the League Two promotion hopefuls on loan in November.