Sheffield United: Striker blow for Clough

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Manager Nigel Clough’s striker frustrations continued yesterday when Dexter Blackstock, the Nottingham Forest forward, turned down a move to Sheffield United.

Clough, who has also seen a protracted move for Brighton’s Chris O’Grady hit a stumbling block, hoped to temporarily recruit Blackstock before this weekend’s league clash at home to Oldham Athletic.

But the striker was understood to be reluctant to drop down into League One, and Forest manager Stuart Pearce admitted: “He [Blackstock] had an option of going to Sheffield United, but did not feel it was right, at this moment in time, to go.

“We would view a possible loan move for him positively, but only if the right club came in for him.

“It would have to be the right financial deal for the club as well.”

Clough’s approach for former Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham and Barnsley man O’Grady, as first revealed by The Star, depends on Brighton boss Sami Hyypia first bringing in a striker of his own.

The United manager admitted recently that “three or four” strikers are on his watchlist.

A move for one, Steven Davies, broke down after Blackpool performed a dramatic U-turn while Clough is thought to be an admirer of Nicky Maynard, the Cardiff City striker.