Sheffield United: Bob and Macca trade places

Bob Harris could feature against Fulham tomorrow
Bob Harris could feature against Fulham tomorrow
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Sheffield United have signed Blackpool defender Bob Harris on loan after allowing Tony McMahon, their experienced full-back, to move in the opposite direction, writes James Shield.

As The Star revealed earlier this week Harris, previously of Clyde and Queen of the South, had been set to join United on Wednesday before being recalled to Bloomfield Road.

But Nigel Clough, whose side host Fulham in the FA Cup tomorrow, last night resurrected the deal after allowing the Championship club permission to recruit McMahon.

Together with fellow new arrivals John Brayford and Stefan Scougall, Harris is eligible for selection against the visitors from Craven Cottage.

Speaking ahead of the fourth round tie, Clough said: “Bob is someone we have chased for a while and looked seriously at trying to get him in the Championship last season.

“We have had to sacrifice Tony McMahon to get the deal done but, fortunately, we have managed to bring in John which gives us further defensive options.

“We were not looking to move Tony on but with his contract up in the summer this gives him a chance to impress at Championship level.”

United fended off competition from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Peterborough to capture Scougall from Livingston while Brayford, who has previously worked with Clough at Burton Albion and Derby County, is scheduled to spend the rest of the season on loan at Bramall Lane.

Having beaten Aston Villa in the previous round, Clough acknowledged his team will not enjoy the element of surprise against Rene Meulensteen’s team who required a replay to overcome Norwich City.

“Because we’ve won well at Villa Park, I’m sure they’ll be conscious that there could be an upset in

the making,” Clough said. “It’s possible, of course it is.

“It’ll certainly take us to have a very good day and them to be slightly off it.

“They have another game 48 hours later at Swansea, so we don’t quite know how that will affect their selection. We don’t play until the Wednesday so we have an extra day.

“We’re looking forward to it. It’s the rewards of three very difficult ties that we’ve had.

“The three rounds were all away from home, so it’s nice to be at Bramall Lane.”

Harris, aged 26, has made 11 appearances for Blackpool since leaving Palmerston Park two years ago.

He also made five starts, scoring once in the process, during spell with Rotherham last term.