Sheffield United: Turkish giants could help the Blades

Alan Judge (right) of Blackburn Rovers
Alan Judge (right) of Blackburn Rovers
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Sheffield United could be offered the chance to sign players from Fenerbahce as part of a plan to build links with the Turkish club, writes James Shield.

At least one associate of Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad, who recently acquired a 50 per cent stake in Bramall Lane’s footballing operations earlier this term, is known to enjoy a close working relationship with the Super Lig leaders’ board.

The Star understands that unofficial talks exploring the possibility of establishing an informal partnership took place last month although, in a marked departure to previous agreements with teams such as Ferencvaros and White Star Woluwe, an agreement which requires financial investment on the part of either party is not believed to have been discussed.

Sources close to Fenerbahce have indicated that Joseph Yobo, who represented Marseille and Everton before securing a permanent move to Istanbul 16 months ago, is open to the prospect of returning to England after making only two appearances for Ersun Yanal’s side since August.

However, should South Yorkshire emerge as a potential destination, any proposed deal would require the green light from manager Nigel Clough who assumed total control of recruitment matters after being appointed as David Weir’s permanent successor earlier this term.

United, now unbeaten in eight games following Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers, are expected to be active during next month’s transfer window as Clough looks to reshape the first team squad he inherited in October.

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Alan Judge is believed to be a target while negotiations over the long-term future of Aidy White, on-loan from Leeds, will take place when he recovers from an ankle injury.

Although Clough could elect to strengthen at the back, defensive reinforcements are not his top priority with Matt Hill and Terry Kennedy, aged 20, known to have impressed coaching staff of late.

Meanwhile, United host Sheffield Wednesday in the Professional Development League at Worksop Town’s Windsor Foodservice Stadium on January 13 (kick-off 1pm).

*Twitter: @JamesShield1