Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough was busy in the transfer market this summer, snapping up the likes of Craig Alcock, Chris Basham, Harrison McGahey, James Wallace, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Mark McNulty and Michael Higdon, with promotion clearly on the agenda for the Blades as they finally look to get out of League One.
Yet despite the handful of new signings, Clough lost his star centre back as Harry Maguire's promising displays naturally attracted interest from Premier League clubs, and it was Hull City who swooped to sign the 21-year-old for £2.5m in July. The Tigers did then sign Michael Dawson from Tottenham, pushing Maguire down the pecking order, which led to a reported loan offer from Sheffield United as they pursued a deal to bring the youngster back to the Steel City - but Hull want him to go to a Championship club.
With Clough clearly intent on signing another centre back after allowing new signing Andy Butler to immediately return to Walsall, it seems he could seek help from a former Blades boss in his pursuit of defensive reinforcements.
Neil Warnock recently returned to the Crystal Palace hot seat over five years after leaving the club for QPR, and after bringing in the likes of Ezekiel Fryers, James McArthur, Wilfried Zaha, Andy Johnson and Kevin Doyle, he needed to let players on loan.
Owen Garvan and Jonathan Williams have joined Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town on loan respectively, and now Paddy McCarthy could join them in exiting Selhurst Park after rumours emerged that Sheffield United want the 31-year-old to join them.
The former Leicester City and Charlton Athletic man is known for his leadership but also his injuries which have limited him to just one league appearance since the end of the 2012 season. Regaining his fitness at Bramall Lane could be good for all parties, but with Championship clubs also interested in the Irishman, Clough needs a favour from former Blades boss Warnock.