SHEFFIELD UNITED: Clubs eye Erik Tonne

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ERIK Tonne is the latest member of Sheffield United’s squad to attract interest from rival clubs.

Danny Wilson, the United manager, insisted earlier this month that players on the periphery of his plans would benefit from enjoying “regular games” elsewhere if first team opportunities are not forthcoming.

And The Star understands that teams at both Football League and Conference level are exploring the possibility of submitting offers for the Norwegian during this month’s transfer window.

Tonne, aged 21, has made six appearances for United since arriving at Bramall Lane in 2011 and enjoyed a spell on loan with York City last term.

David McAllister left United on a permanent basis three days ago when he signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Shrewsbury. The Irish midfielder had found his route into Wilson’s starting 11 blocked by Kevin McDonald and Michael Doyle.

Chris Morgan, United’s first team coach, acknowledged their presence limited McAllister’s chances to impress during yesterday’s media briefing at Shirecliffe.

But Morgan said: “David has got a heart as big as a dustbin lid. I’m sure he’ll do well.”