Sheffield United: Striker a priority for Blades

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Nigel Clough will make a striker a priority signing when he reaches through the January transfer window.

The departures of Lyle Taylor and Marlon King take out two striking options and Clough is sure to strengthen in that particular area, possibly doing so after next weekend’s FA Cup visit to Aston Villa.

He has only Chris Porter as a ‘target man’ type and it seems likely Clough will be looking to bring in someone of a similar style.

Taylor, a £250,000 summer signing from Falkirk, has failed to make a decisive impact and has gone on loan to Partick Thistle whilst King’s contract has been terminated.

His signing in September provoked huge controversy amongst Blades fans. He hasn’t been a starter under Clough since the beginning of November and the club have agreed a settlement with him on the remainder of his contract.

Meanwhile, the loan spells of Conor Coady and Simon Lappin end this week and the Blades boss said: “It depends on their clubs, we’ve not yet had confirmation that they will let them stay.”

United are at Walsall today with Shaun Miller back in the squad.