Sheffield United: Stewart set to snub Blades

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Nigel Clough has expressed surprise at Kevin Stewart’s decision to turn his back on a move to Sheffield United despite revealing the Tottenham Hotspur defender is destined for a Premier League club instead, writes James Shield.

Clough, speaking after completing the signatures of Marc McNulty and Jamal Campbell-Ryce yesterday, suggested Stewart’s representatives had recommended their client moved to Bramall Lane.

But, confirming the 20-year-old appears set to ignore that advice, the United manager told The Star: “Kevin looks as if he’s going to go elsewhere, to another Premier League club, which is perfectly understandable.

“The funny thing is his agent probably thought it was best for him to come here to get that experience. Kevin is coming up to being 21 years old and has only played a handful of games.

“It might be the case that he’s going somewhere where he doesn’t play many more than that. But that’s the difference.”

Stewart, who spent a month on loan at Crewe Alexandra two seasons ago, sandwiched a trial at Liverpool in between two spells at United training complex towards the end of last term.

Clough, confirming that talks aimed at further strengthening a squad which finished seventh in the League One table are on-going, said: “We don’t want huge numbers and we’ve made no secret of the fact we prefer working with a smaller group. Plus, we want to see the youngsters continue to come through.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1