Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough has admitted he wants to sign some Sheffield United players on loan.
Clough confirmed after the pre-season friendly between the two sides he would speak to Chris Wilder and see who might be available.
“We’ll talk to people like Chris tonight and say, ‘are you letting anybody out?'” the 53-year-old told Derbyshire Live after his side beat United 2-1.
“It’s different because of the wages, and also it’s a two-League gap from Sheffield United. So our best thing is probably a Championship club.
“But I’ll have a chat with Chris and see if there’s anybody. They’ve got a big squad, we’ll just ask for a few favours from anybody we can.”
Which Sheffield United players could Burton sign?
The report goes on to say that Clough is prioritising the signing of a new striker. The news that Ben Fox is likely to miss the majority of the season with an ACL injury means a midfielder could also be useful.
According to the Daily Mail, there are seven players on the Blades’ transfer list that Wilder is actively trying to get off the books at Bramall Lane.
Among the names are two natural strikers – Leon Clarke and Ched Evans.
Clarke looks set to remain in the Championship, with Football Insider reporting Birmingham City, Hull City and Wigan Athletic are all battling for his signature.
However, after impressing on loan at Fleetwood Town last season a return to League One seems likely for Evans. Oxford United boss Karl Robinson has already told the Oxford Mail he is interested.
Ricky Holmes is another potential option. Although generally considered a winger the 32-year-old can also play as a number nine.
As for midfield, Samir Carruthers is among the players deemed surplus to requirements by Wilder. Carruthers struggled on loan at Oxford last term due to injury, but has previously proven himself in the third tier with the Blades and MK Dons.