Half a dozen strikers feature on boss’s shortlist

Eoin Doyle
Eoin Doyle

Sheffield United are targeting a shortlist of “five or six” strikers ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline, manager Nigel Clough has revealed.

The United chief admitted that progress in his search for striking reinforcements was “slow”, but still remains hopeful of bringing in two attacking options before the window slams shut at 11pm on Monday.

Chris O’Grady seems unlikely to return to Bramall Lane after impressing Brighton boss Chris Hughton, and Clough again refused to comment on speculation linking him with Chesterfield’s 24-goal striker Eoin Doyle.

But the United boss did reveal: “We are making progress, but it’s slow. We have to be patient with them.

“On the striking front I would say there are about five or six names, at the moment, that we are working on.

“We have two or three bids on the table, and looking at two or three possible loans.

Asked if his targets were proven players from higher-level clubs or promising youngsters, Clough added: “It’s a complete mix.

“There are a couple of younger ones in there, more experienced ones, and it’s a broad range with the striker options.

I don’t think we need any particular kind. If we could get two strikers, that would be ideal, alongside Michael Higdon and Marc McNulty.

“They are the ones that need the most rest, when we are playing games three times a week.”

On Doyle, who assistant Andy Garner reportedly watched recently, Clough said: “We have people out watching games all the time, so I can’t shed any light on that.”

Clough has, however, completed the signing of Scot Jason Holt on loan, with a view to a permanent deal.

“It’s a good way of assessing a player rather than watching them every week, take them on loan for a few months before we commit to a permanent deal,” Clough said.

Meanwhile, Stephen McGinn has joined SPL side Dundee on loan.