Sheffield United: Blades distance themselves from striker claims

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough speaks with his squad � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough speaks with his squad � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Sheffield United did not make an approach for Sam Winnall, despite reports Barnsley beat Nigel Clough’s side to the former Scunthorpe centre-forward’s signature, writes James Shield.

Sources close to both Bramall Lane and Glanford Park confirmed last night that United were not among the list of teams to enquire about the striker’s availability before he agreed a three year contract at Oakwell.

Clough has made a centre-forward his top priority in the transfer market ahead of the new campaign with several options being explored at both Championship and top-flight level.

Despite refusing to confirm the identities of those players on his short-list, the former England international has distanced himself from claims that Derby County’s Connor Sammon and Alex Nimely, previously of Manchester City, are possibilities.

Scunthorpe, who bolstered their attacking options when Lyle Taylor moved to north Lincolnshire from United nearly four weeks ago, view Wolves’ Leon Clarke as a potential replacement for Winnall.

However, Kenny Jackett has insisted Clarke still has a future at Molineux despite expressing an interest in recruiting either Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford or Leicester City’s Chris Wood.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1