Sheffield United have told Brighton and Hove Albion they are ready to sign Chris O’Grady on a permanent basis, writes James Shield.
The Star understands that the framework of a deal, which would see the former United loanee return to Bramall Lane for an undisclosed sum, has been agreed in principle following talks between senior figures at both clubs.
But O’Grady, who scored once in four appearances for Nigel Clough’s side earlier this term, will not be allowed to leave The AMEX Stadium until a suitable replacement is found.
Clough, speaking at the Redtooth Academy yesterday, revealed he hopes to make a breakthrough in the transfer market before this weekend’s League One fixture at MK Dons.
Scotland international Gary Mackay-Steven, midfielder Paul Coutts and defender Kieron Freeman are also known to feature on United’s wanted list.
“Bids have gone in for a few people,” Clough said. “We’re close on a couple and so there’s a good chance, with people having a few days to think about things, we could get something done.
“Paul Cook (the Chesterfield manager) was talking recently about how people were on about his striker (Eoin Doyle) during the window. We know where he’s coming from because we wouldn’t like folk talking about our players and so it’s only right we pay others the same courtesy.
“With that in mind, we’ll go in to detail when everything is finalised and completed.”
Freeman and Coutts, who both worked with Clough at his previous club Derby County, are thought to have been told they can leave the iPro Stadium after failing to command regular starting roles under his successor Steve McClaren. Coutts, previously of Peterborough and Preston North End, is under contract until the end of the season while Freeman spent two months on loan with United last term.
Chris Porter is holding discussions with two potential buyers, Clough confirmed last night, after being told he is surplus to requirements.