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Clubs interested in signing Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke revealed

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has confirmed there have been enquiries for Leon Clarke.

All of the interest is coming from fellow Championship clubs, with three sides reported to be keen on Clarke.

The Sheffield Star claims that Bristol City, Hull City and Millwall are the trio who want to hold talks with the striker.

Hull are the least likely, it seems, with manager Nigel Adkins apparently distancing The Tigers from the deal.

“There’s been a few enquiries for Leon,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star following the 2-2 draw at Norwich City.

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“There’s still a while of the window left and any deal has got to be right for club and player.

“But I’m not surprised there’s interest in Leon because of what he’s done for this club but it’s been a difficult one for Leon, he’s not really got going and it’s been a bit stop-start.

“But these decisions sometimes have to be made and I’m not afraid to make them.”

What next for Clarke?

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It would be unsurprising if the 33-year-old was tempted by a move away from Bramall Lane. Clarke has become a more peripheral figure in the team this season, admittedly partly due to injury.

The forward has started just nine Championship matches, with his last inclusion in the starting XI coming back on November 3. Clarke did also start the recent FA Cup defeat to Barnet.

That is because David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp have formed a strong partnership upfront. Between them they have scored 28 league goals already in 2018/19.

This fine form has seen McGoldrick earn a new two-and-a-half year deal, while Sharp is expected to sign a new contract in the near future.

Not only that but the Blades signed Gary Madine on loan from Cardiff City this month. It seems Clarke is now fourth choice for a place in attack.

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