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Blades manager Nigel Clough has expressed his desire to sign the Republic of Ireland international from former club Derby County

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has confirmed that he is hoping to add a striker to his squad during the transfer window, with Republic of Ireland international Conor Sammon high on his list.

Clough has admitted that he is looking at a number of options, but that a signing will probably not be made until next week at the earliest."We have made enquiries," Clough told Sky Sports. "Many of the enquiries we've made want to get the weekend and the FA Cup games out of the way first.

"We have a long list of names and Conor Sammon is on that list. But the list is about 15 names long. In fact, any striker in the Championship that isn't currently in the starting XI - and who interests us - we will be making an enquiry."

Clough signed Sammon for the Rams from Wigan Athletic in August 2012 for £1.2 million, but the nine time Ireland international has started just one game under new manager Steve McClaren.

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