Sheffield United: Clough targets pool ace

Blackpool's Steven Davies
Blackpool's Steven Davies
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough could rekindle his interest in Blackpool’s Steve Davies when the loan window re-opens next week, after having a £200,000 bid turned down for the striker on transfer deadline day.

The Star understands that officials from Bramall Lane lodged the offer for Davies on Monday, but they were rebuffed by their counterparts at Bloomfield Road.

The 26-year-old forward has made only two substitute appearances for José Riga’s troubled Tangerines, who began pre-season with only eight professional players on their books.

But Riga’s roster still boasts the likes of Ishmael Miller, Nathan Delfouneso and Francois Zoko, as well as ex-Sheffield Wednesday loanee Nile Ranger in reserve, so Davies’ hopes of regular game time in the North West appear bleak.

But any potential move may hinder on the future of manager Riga.

The Belgian is reportedly in danger of losing his job after Blackpool’s nightmare start to the season, which has seen them lose all six of their league games to date.

Clough and Davies have history, having worked together at Derby County during the United manager’s tenure at the iPro Stadium.

The striker left Derby for Bristol City in a £750,000 move back in 2012, after turning down Clough’s offer of a three-year deal for ‘family reasons’.

A year earlier, he suffered a fractured skull in a game against Southampton - and surgeons had to use 10 metal plates and 22 screws to repair the damage.

Davies, who has scored 42 goals in 113 career starts for Tranmere, Derby, Bristol and Blackpool, later revealed he was millimetres away from suffering brain damage following the collision.

The Liverpool-born striker was one of three targets United lodged bids for on deadline day, with Clough also targeting a defender and a defensive midfielder.

The loan market re-opens for business on Monday.