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Exclusive: Former Ipswich Town attacker David McGoldrick is set to arrive at Sheffield United

David McGoldrick has been offered the chance of a move to Bramall Lane
David McGoldrick has been offered the chance of a move to Bramall Lane
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David McGoldrick, the former Ipswich Town centre-forward, is set to join Sheffield United on trial.

David McGoldrick, the former Ipswich Town centre-forward, is set to join Sheffield United on trial.
McGoldrick, who left Portman Road at the end of last season, will attempt to earn a move to Bramall Lane after being invited to train with Chris Wilder's squad.

The 30-year-old could make his first appearance in a United jersey during tomorrow night's friendly against Bradford City at Valley Parade. News of his arrival comes after it emerged Wilder's pursuit of Scott Hogan is beccoming increasingly complicated because Steve Bruce, his counterpart at Aston Villa, is adamant the centre-forward must not depart on loan.
Although McGoldrick's presence in South Yorkshire is not linked to developments surrounding Hogan, his arrival underlines Wilder's desire to strengthen United's attacking options ahead of the new Championship season, which begins next month.
Southampton's Sam Gallagher remains of interest while a number of other possibilities, including both temporary and permanent transfers, are being explored.
McGoldrick, aged 30, scored 45 goals in 161 appearances during his five year stay in Suffolk. Capped six times by the Republic of Ireland, he collected a series of niggling injuries last term but Mick McCarthy, Town's former manager, believed those were exacerbated by the three hour commute from his home in Nottingham.
Wilder is believed to have spoken at length with McCarthy before approaching the player about the possibility of joining United. McGoldrick is expected to spent at least a week in South Yorkshire before a decision is taken on his future.
With Ched Evans expected to join a League One club on loan later today - Fleetwood Town are among those to express an interest in acquiring his services - Wilder wants to recruit two new strikers ahead of August 4th's encounter with Swansea City. Negotiations aimed at securing Gallagher's release are on-going and while Hogan is still a target, United are also pursuing other lines of enquiry in the transfer market because his valuation would prove prohibitive. With goalkeeper Dean Henderson arriving earlier this summer, United have also identified the need for an experienced centre-half.