SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades opponents in rush to sign new striker

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SCUNTHORPE hope to unveil a new striker ahead of this weekend’s meeting with Sheffield United at Glanford Park.

Danny Wilson, the visitors’ manager, last night learned that opposite number Alan Knill has been given the green light to bolster his depleted attack after being forced to sell youngster Bobby Grant.

The 22-year-old joined Rochdale on Friday after becoming a target of abuse from sections of the North Lincolnshire crowd.

Revealing that he is exploring several options in the transfer market, Knill said: “We’re trying to get somebody nailed on through this week so they can play (against United).

“I’m hopeful we can do that. We’ll have to wait and see. We had some possibilities that we didn’t have the time to look at properly (before the deadline) or the other club involved weren’t willing to make it happen but they may be willing for it to happen now.”

Grant returned to Scunthorpe at the start of the new season following a spell on loan at Accrington Stanley last term.

But Knill revealed: “After last Saturday’s game (against Yeovil), Bobby, when he came off, was distraught at the crowd’s reaction to him.

“He’d had some abuse through the game and on Monday he more or less broke down.

“He felt that it didn’t matter what he did, he wouldn’t change people’s opinions of him.”

“We sat down and made a decision with the board that, for Bobby’s sake, it’s probably best that he goes,” added Knill.

“We were never going to get the best out of him because he wasn’t enjoying playing and definitely wasn’t enjoying playing at home.”

Scunthorpe are bottom of the League One table after being beaten by Hartlepool four days ago while United are fifth following their victory over AFC Bournemouth.