Sheffield United: United chief keen to plug defensive gaps

United have missed out on signing Blackpool defender Bob Harris.
United have missed out on signing Blackpool defender Bob Harris.
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It will hardly come as a great surprise to Sheffield United’s legion of followers that manager Nigel Clough is keen to increase competition for places in the full-back positions.

Having farmed out Sean McGinty and Darryl Westlake on loan to Northampton Town and Mansfield Town respectively, Clough is short of back-up on the right and left side of his defence should either Tony McMahon or Matt Hill pick up injuries or suspensions.

If required, Conor Coady and Callum McFadzean can fill in for McMahon and Hill but the duo prefer to be deployed in midfield.

Clough had hoped to recruit Blackpool defender Bob Harris on loan until the end of the season only for the managerless Championship club to shelve the deal in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Harris came on as a second half substitute in Paul Ince’s final match in charge, a 2-0 defeat at Barnsley last weekend. It was the 26-year-old’s first outing since mid-September. A long-standing shoulder problem has limited the Scot to just four games this term.

After missing out on Harris, who enjoyed a loan spell at Rotherham United last season, Clough may turn his attentions to bringing Aidy White back to Bramall Lane. The United chief is a big admirer of the left-sided player.

The transfer window closes a week tomorrow at 11pm.