Sheffield United could revise their list of loan targets if progress continues to prove slow in the transfer market, manager Nigel Clough has admitted, writes James Shield.
Clough is understood to have identified three potential signings, including Crawley Town centre-forward Billy Clarke, as he attempts to bolster his squad for the remaining 18 games of the League One campaign.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Gillingham, the former England international confirmed United are “continuing to ask questions” but acknowledged: “We’ve been waiting for answers and for one reason or another, which are all entirely understandable, they’ve not been forthcoming from the people involved elsewhere yet.
“We have to be respectful because these players are employed by other clubs. Some wanted to wait until after our cup game and so we’ll see.
“We know who we want but, if nothing happens and nothing is concluded, then we will move on. There are players we are aware of out there.”
However, with Crawley also yet to cement their place in the division next season, Clarke, who enjoyed a previous spell on loan in South Yorkshire, is believed to be a long rather than short-term target despite Rory Fallon’s arrival in west Sussex.
Clough, who watched last night’s FA Youth Cup tie between United and Everton at Bramall Lane, wants to increase his options in defence and midfield having seen Brentford hijack his move to Alan Judge earlier this year.
Gillingham, who triumphed 2-1 at Bramall Lane in November, could hand Ryan Inniss his debut against United after recruiting the Crystal Palace defender on loan until the end of the campaign.
However Peter Taylor, Clough’s counterpart at Priestfield, has agreed to terminate midfielder Charlie Allen’s contract by mutual consent.
Taylor, outlining the qualities which persuaded him to recruit Inniss, said: He’s an 18-year-old but if you see him and speak to him you will think he’s a lot older than that.”