Sheffield United will attempt to re-sign Chris O’Grady when the transfer window reopens next week, after the striker was recalled by parent club Brighton and Hove Albion.
The former Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham and Barnsley striker was named on the bench last night as Albion beat Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage, and United released a statement shortly after confirming that temporary Albion boss Nathan Jones had recalled O’Grady because of a ‘striker shortage’. Darren Bent suffered a groin injury against Reading on Friday, while Kazenga Lua-Lua and Sam Baldock are also missing.
“Chris O’Grady has been recalled from his loan spell with the Blades,” the United statement said.
“The striker has returned to Brighton and Hove Albion after they activated a clause which entitled them to recall him after 28 days of his loan period.
“Brighton’s striker shortage is behind the recall although United will speak to the Seagulls in due course with regards O’Grady returning at a later date.”
O’Grady scored one goal for United during his loan spell at Bramall Lane. After Blades boss Nigel Clough’s long pursuit of the striker, he limped off just 23 minutes into his debut against MK Dons but returned to impress against the likes of Fleetwood and Walsall, where he scored his only goal.
Sami Hyypia’s resignation from Brighton raised question marks about O’Grady’s future, and Clough is expected to launch another bid for the striker’s services in January.