Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, last night confirmed he could still be tempted to enter the transfer market despite recalling Harrison McGahey from Tranmere Rovers.
Clough, speaking ahead of this evening’s League One fixture at Walsall, revealed “several calls” had been “put in” before Saturday’s draw at Scunthorpe where John Brayford was forced to play as an emergency centre-half.
“It’s something we’ve looked at,” he said. “We put in several calls to a few people and pretty much all of them told us they’d review things after the weekend.
“They were all hedging their bets and that’s completely understandable. It’s what you would expect at this time of year.
“If the right person became available then we’d look at it, of course. We’re just keeping on top of the situation.”
McGahey had been scheduled to spend the rest of the season at Prenton Park but, with injury and suspension placing huge pressure on United’s back-four, Clough took evasive action yesterday. The 19-year-old made three appearances for Rovers following his debut against fellow League Two strugglers York City.
“We sent him there to try and put him in a completely different environment to the one he’s used too,” Clough said. “He’s a young player at the start of his career and the experiences he’ll have had there, good and bad, will stand him in excellent stead going forward.
“That’s the principle behind sending these lads out if they’re not playing regularly, week in week out, here with us. Long-term, you get the benefits as a football club and they do as individuals too.”
“If we do something in the loan market then there’s always the possibility Harrison could go back out again,” Clough added. “That’s something we’d consider.”