Sheffield United have declined an invitation to sign former Watford and Nottingham Forest centre-forward Marlon King, The Star can reveal.
King, who has been without a club since leaving Birmingham City in August, visited the Redtooth Academy yesterday after his representative made an approach to David Weir.
The proposal would have seen King, who scored 14 goals in 30 appearances last season, potentially join the League One club on a short-term basis following a brief trial.
But Weir, the United manager, is now understood to be pursuing other options following talks with the 33-year-old.
King, who has also represented Wigan Athletic and Leeds, is a controversial figure after serving two prison sentences earlier in his career. It remains unclear whether the striker’s background played any part in Weir’s decision.
United will press ahead with their search for attacking reinforcements following this afternoon’s visit to Carlisle, with members of Bramall Lane’s football administration department believed to have identified several possible options in the transfer market.
United travelled to Cumbria last night 19th in the table. Carlisle, who placed Graham Kavanagh in caretaker charge after parting company with Greg Abbott on Monday, are 22nd.
Weir conceded Abbott’s departure has complicated preparations.
“You often see teams in that situation have a reaction,” he said. “But we are looking for a positive response and a reaction too.”