Sheffield United linked with move for Championship midfielder
Sheffield United are interested in Stoke City midfielder Sam Clucas according to national reports.
The 30-year-old is under contract for another year at the Bet365 Stadium but it has been reported that as Stoke look to cut their cloth to contain potential future FFP issues they may look to offload some of their big earners on a free transfer.
Clucas endured an injury-hit season last term, making 26 appearances in all competitions, though he did manage to finish the campaign strongly, featuring in the final seven matches.
United are in the market for an attacking midfielder with John Lundstram departing and Sander Berge expected to do the same, amid Arsenal interest in the Norway international.
However, Clucas is understood to be a high-earner and there will be a reluctance on the Blades’ part to offer big wages to a player who will be 31 in September.
As reported in The Star last week – the loan market is where United will be doing a lot of their business this season as they look to bring in some of England’s big guns’ top young talent.
It is reported that Blackburn, Nottingham Forest and Millwall are also keeping an eye on Clucas’ situation.
Clucas was something of a late developer and came to real prominance at Chesterfield before being snapped up by Hull City where he played in the Premier League.
He then moved to Swansea – also in the top flight – for a fee reportedly around £6 million.
In all be made 66 Premier League appearances before switch to Stoke for whom he would play 100 times.
Manager Michael O’Neill said of Clucas at the end of the season
“It's been difficult for Sam. It's been a bit stop-start. He had a .calf injury earlier in the season and then he had hernia operation as well.
“But you could see what he's about (in the final day win at Bournemouth). He has fantastic energy, fantastic running power.
“I didn't think Sam could play on that right side in a midfield three, we've always played him on the left, but having played him there he's given us another dimension. He was excellent against Bournemouth.”