FL latest: Blackburn and Blackpool consider shock deals, Leeds anxiety goes on

Freddy Adu

Sheffield United join Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fifth round, Leeds United fans watch cautiously over the potential takeover, Blackpool invite former USA starlet to train, Nottingham Forest suffer injury blow and Blackburn Rovers could sign up former star.

A look at all the latest news and views from around the Football League:

1) Sheffield United pulled off one of their great victories in recent years by beating out-of-sorts Premier League side Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round replay at Craven Cottage.

The Blades pulled off a brilliant last minute winner through Shaun Miller to condemn Rene Meulensteen's Fulham side to defeat. After the game, a clearly delighted Nigel Clough commented on the effort shown by the players as 'remarkable'.

It's great to see both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fifth round and ensured to be playing lower league opposition, they will both fancy their chances of a quarter final place.

2) Who would be a Leeds United fan at the minute? Another day of chaos came to an end with the finish line nowhere in sight, as the takeover saga and the baggage that comes with it rolls on into a new day once again.

Earlier in the day, Enterprise insurance managing director Andrew Flowers, a Leeds United supporter issued a winding up petition against the club. However, the current Leeds United owners GFH Capital have contested the petition, claiming: 'there are no valid grounds to issue the petition. Under the ownership of GFH Capital Leeds United has always met its financial obligations, and will continue to do so.'

Regardless of whoever is telling the truth, this kind of nonsense off the pitch is guaranteed to have an impact on it which could lead to Leeds falling out of the promotion race all together.

3) Blackpool could be ready to make a lot of lifelong Football Manager fans happy by offering former USA wonderkid Freddy Adu a deal after training with the club.

As one of the most talked about footballers in the post-millennium era, it's inevitable to create a buzz around the division that might actually get to see him finally play.

At the age of 14, the attacking midfielder incredibly scored 5 goals in 30 games in the MLS prompting worldwide talk about him one day going on to become the best ever. The highest stage he got to, arguably was Portuguese Primeira Liga champions Benfica in 2007-08. Since then his career has took a steady decline, but hopefully England can bring the best out in the player.

4) Nottingham Forest have been hit with a substantial injury to influential midfielder David Vaughan and he could now could miss the rest of the season.

The midfielder, who agreed a second loan spell at the club last week was reportedly a key part in manager Billy Davies's plans for their assault on the top two. The former Derby County manager went on to class the scale of the injury on the same level as key players Chris Cohen and Kelvin WIlson.

5) Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer refused to dismiss the suggestion that Rovers could offer former star Lucas Neill a contract, declaring it could happen ''if we thought something suited us.''

The former Australian international turns 36 on March 9th and would arguably be a bit-part player if he was to sign a deal with the club.

Lucas Neill played in over 200 games for Blackburn Rovers between 2001 and 2006, before leaving for West Ham in January 2007.

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