Three more strikers Sheffield United could spend their David Brooks money on

Ipswich Town's Martyn Waghorn
Ipswich Town's Martyn Waghorn
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James Shield identifies three other centre-forwards, besides current target Sam Gallagher, Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder should consider signing.


Martyn Waghorn in his Rangers days

Martyn Waghorn in his Rangers days

Club: Ipswich Town

Age: 28

Height: 1.77m

Country Represented: England

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi

Contracted Until: 30 June 2019

Biography: Vastly experienced and a regular goalscorer throughout his career, Waghorn proved he can cope with pressure and expectation during a prolific spell with Rangers. He left Ibrox, after helping the Glasgow giants gain promotion from the Scottish Championship, after rejecting a new contract in favour of a return to England. Portman Road was his chosen destination and, despite a series of uninspiring performances by Mick McCarthy’s side, finished the season in personal credit by scoring 10 league goals. Waghorn has accumulated a wealth of Championship knowledge since turning professional with Sunderland a decade ago. Indeed, the majority of his career has been spent in England’s second tier with the likes of Charlton Athletic, Leicester City and Wigan Athletic. Born in South Shields, he has also represented Hull City. With Paul Hurst replacing McCarthy at the helm, Waghorn’s long term future in Suffolk remains unclear. But with Ipswich known to operate on a similar budget to the one Chris Wilder has been awarded this season, United would probably be able to meet his wage demands should they express an interest.

Possibility: 7/10


Oliver McBurnie was on-loan at Barnsley last season

Oliver McBurnie was on-loan at Barnsley last season

Club: Chelsea

Age: 17

Height: 1.82m

Country Represented: England

Contracted Until: 30 June 2020

Biography: Despite being primarily deployed in an attacking midfield role, there is a school of thought the youngster will eventually mature into an out and out striker. Certainly, Hudson-Odoi boasts the physical attributes required to trouble defenders in both the first and second tiers of English football.

Capped at under-16 and under-17 level, the teenager made the first of his two appearances for Antonio Conte’s side against Newcastle in the FA Cup before being awarded a Premier League debut during a 3-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth midway through last season.

United are known to enjoy a good relationship with senior figures at Stamford Bridge following Jamal Blackman’s arrival on loan last term and could attempt to exploit this link by signing Hudson-Odoi, again on a 12 month temporary contract.

But a number of top-flight sides are already thought to be monitoring his progress and that could, if United chose to pursue this option, price them out of the race.

Possibility: 5/10


Club: Swansea City

Age: 22

Height: 1.88m

Country Represented: Scotland

Contracted Until: 30 June 2019

Biography: Progressed through Leeds United’s youth system before joining their neighbours Bradford City. Although his senior career has proved to be something of a slow burn, McBurnie came of age after joining Barnsley on loan last season and, after scoring nine Championship goals in a relegated team, was named as Oakwell’s Player of the Season. One of those came during their home victory over United in April. McBurnie’s big chance at Valley Parade came when James Hanson, who left Bramall Lane earlier this month, suffered a series of niggling injuries. Having completed two loans spells with Chester, the Yorkshire-born frontman moved to Swansea City three years ago but has found opportunities hard to come by in South Wales and was allowed to leave, albeit on a temporary basis, in January. A return to his native county could appeal to McBurnie but, having moved to Glamorganshire while City were in the Premier League, is likely to command a potentially prohibitive wage. With his parent club sliding out of the top-flight, new manager Graham Potter is expected to give him a chance to prove himself this term.

Possibility: 4/10