Sheffield United declare interest in bringing new Hull signing back to Bramall Lane

Despite only selling defender Harry Maguire to Hull City in July, the Blades are trying to bring the centre half back to Bramall Lane on loan.

Hull City's 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup final handed them a place in the preliminary rounds of the Europa League, and despite crashing out to Belgian side Lokeren, manager Steve Bruce oversaw an ambitious spending spree this summer as Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Diame, Jake Livermore, Thomas Ince, Roberto Snodgrass, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gaston Ramirez, Abel Hernandez all arrived at the KC Stadium.

The Tigers also managed to land Sheffield United centre back Harry Maguire in a £2.5m swoop despite a long-running and often confusing saga. The 21-year-old joined the Blades from Barnsley at the age of just 13 in 2006, and became an integral part in their defence ever since breaking into the side in 2011.

With one England Under-21 cap to his name, Maguire is highly rated and tipped for a bright future, but with Dawson, Curtis Davies, James Chester and Alex Bruce all currently vying for places in Bruce's defence, Maguire may not get much first team football this season - leading to speculation of a loan move away from the club.

A whole host of Championship clubs are believed to be interested in signing him, but Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough has declared his interest in bringing Maguire back to Bramall Lane - though he knows it will be difficult to lure him back with teams in a higher division pursuing him too.

"An enquiry has gone in, but I think there are quite a lot of Championship clubs in for Harry," said Clough. "The only thing is, it would be the emotional pull of coming back (to Bramall Lane). I think ideally Hull want him to go into the Championship. Having gone two divisions up, he probably won’t want to drop back down despite all his connections here."

"I think there are five or six teams in the Championship after Harry, we have competition. But he knows where we are and we would love to have him back. I don’t think we have to sell it to Harry. If he says ‘I’m going to the Championship’, that just might outweigh all the emotional pull of coming back here," added the former Derby manager.

"If he is going to go anywhere, we would rather he come to us. But we can’t do any more. He knows how we would use him here, the respect he has for the place."

Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Fulham and Reading are just four of the sides looking to take Maguire on loan, and the Blades are simply hoping that his affiliation with the club will be enough to secure a deal.

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