Villa's loan of Bent to Brighton could be good news for Blades

Aston Villa's agreement to loan Darren Bent to Brighton and Hove Albion could be good news for Sheffield United, as they want Chris O'Grady.

Aston Villa's agreement to loan Darren Bent out to Brighton and Hove Albion could be good news for more than one club.

Although the Seagulls are bound to be glad to have a striker of such quality at their disposal, Sheffield United could also benefit from the deal.

The Blades have been tracking a striker for some time and Nigel Clough's men reportedly identified Chris O'Grady as their number one choice to bring in before Thursday's loan deadline.

All their attempts to sign the Brighton forward have so far been rebuffed, though, and it caused them to look elsewhere.

However, they may have hope of doing a deal for O'Grady again now, after Brighton's latest transfer dealing.

Bent is likely to go straight into Brighton's first-team and he should knock O'Grady even further down the pecking order at the AMEX Stadium.

Sami Hyypia already has the likes of Sam Baldock and Craig Mackail-Smith available to him and Bent's addition gives him further quality up-front.

It means that O'Grady will struggle to even make Brighton's bench and they could be more open to a temporary move now they have added attacking options themselves.

O'Grady only moved to Brighton this summer, but he has failed to score in any of his 11 appearances for the club.

A drop down to League One level, where he has been successful previously, therefore looks a promising opportunity for the target-man, who will be looking to regain some confidence. 

Sheffield United would need him to hit the ground running if he was to sign, due to their desperation for a number nine.

Their two summer striking additions - Michael Higdon and Marc McNulty - have failed to make as much of an impact as they were hoping for and the signing of a goalscorer could be the difference between their season ending as a successful one or a failure. 

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