Nigel Clough has revealed his frustration as the search for an elusive experienced striker continues at Bramall Lane.
Despite signing 18-year-old Che Adams from Ilkeston FC yesterday, Sheffield United boss Clough still remains hopeful to bring in a striker on loan next week.
After Blackpool reneged on a deal to allow Steve Davies to join United on loan, Clough turned his attentions to Brighton’s Chris O’Grady. But despite the player’s apparent willing to drop a division into League One - and Seagulls boss Sami Hyypia’s refusal to stand in his way - the deal has been held up until Brighton receive an answer on a target of their own.
“It can be frustrating when things like this are out of your hands,” Clough said.
“A couple of clubs have said that we can have a player when they get one in, and then it’s just a case of waiting for things to fall into place. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t.
“We have to be patient, though, because there aren’t 20 players we can chase. There are maybe half a dozen that fit our price range, criteria and system.
“Clubs at the top level can also afford to stockpile strikers, which filters down to the Championship.
“It’s a frustrating business, is chasing, but we’ll keep doing it and hope it’s worth it in the end.”
Clough admitted that a striker in the mould of his opposite number this afternoon, Paul Dickov, would fit the mould perfectly: “Paul’s a former team-mate at mine and I signed him at Derby, so I know him well,” the United boss, who confirmed Paddy McCarthy will start against Doncaster, added.
“He was a pest when he was playing and he was only small, but he was as much of a nuisance as any big man would be.
“I think his team will reflect his personality this afternoon, without a doubt, so it should be a good game.”