Sheffield United: Blackpool pull the plug on Harris switch

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Blackpool dramatically shelved Bob Harris’ move to Sheffield United in the early hours of this morning, The Star understands.

The former Clyde and Queen of the South defender had been poised to join Nigel Clough’s side on loan later today after a deal,which could have seen the full-back arrive on loan until the end of the season, was agreed last night.

However Blackpool’s caretaker regime, installed following the departure of Paul Ince, are believed to have informed United that the deal will not be allowed to proceed as planned, meaning Harris must now remain at Bloomfield Road for the foreseeable future.

However, the blow caused by their decision could be softened by the arrival of Cardiff City’s John Brayford and Livingston’s Stefan Scougall.

Negotiations with the players and their parent clubs are understood to have reached an advanced stage with United hopeful of signing the latter for a fee, potentially worth up to £400,000, before Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Fulham.

Brayford, previously of Burton Albion and Derby County, also interests Ipswich Town and AFC Bournemouth but Clough’s presence at Bramall Lane has, according to sources in South Wales, put United in pole position to secure his services.

Scougall, an attacking midfielder, is also being monitored by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Peterborough but negotiatons between United and Livingston are believed to have gathered pace following last weekend’s League One draw with Bradford City.

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