SHEFFIELD UNITED: Young Jon Taylor linked with Blades

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SHEFFIELD United are believed to be tracking promising Shrewsbury Town winger Jon Taylor.

The Liverpudlian, a graduate of the Shrews youth system, has adapted well to League One, hitting four goals in 23 appearances.

Taylor, who has made over 80 appearances for the Shropshire side, is predominantly utilised on the right flank. He struck three goals in as many outings last month to ease Shrewsbury’s relegation fears. Following a mini revival, Graham Turner’s men have moved up to 17th in the standings and are currently seven points above the drop zone.

“I’m a better player now, by far, after working a lot harder at my game,” Taylor recently stated. “I have been taught a lot from the coaches here and I have taken it all on board.”

Milton Keynes Dons are also thought to be keeping a close eye on Taylor’s situation. The 20-year-old is out of contract at the Greenhous Meadow in the summer.

Both United and MK Dons could face competition for Taylor’s signature from Blackpool and Crystal Palace.

Danny Wilson, the United boss, is keen to bring in reinforcements before the January transfer window shuts but he has acknowledged some of his fringe players must be sacrificed to create room on the wage bill for new arrivals. As The Star reported yesterday, Chris Porter is attracting interest from several Football League clubs while David McAllister joined Shrewsbury on Tuesday for an undisclosed fee.

United, meanwhile, will travel to the Madejski Stadium for their FA Cup fourth round clash at Reading on Saturday January 26, kick-off 3pm.

Former Blades striker James Beattie will stay with Accrington until the end of the season after agreeing an extension to his player-coach contract.