Bury reject Sheffield United bid for Leon Clarke

Sheffield United's Kieron Freeman celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Ryan Flynn

HITC Sport understands Sheffield United see striker bid rejected.

Bury’s Leon Clarke (L) and Rochdale’s Callum Camps in action

Bury have rejected a bid from Sheffield United for striker Leon Clarke, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is keen to bring in a new target man to add to his squad before the start of the season and he has planned a move for experienced striker Clarke.

Clarke's future at Bury has been the subject of speculation this summer with the club understood to be looking to trim their wage bill.

Former Wolves hit-man Clarke scored 18 goals for Bury last season and is regarded as one of the best strikers in League One.

One of Clarke's old clubs Coventry City are also thought to be interested in signing the 31-year-old forward, but Sheffield United are favourites for his signature.

Bury are reluctant to lose last season's top scorer and have snubbed Sheffield United's opening offer for Clarke.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder

Sheffield United are expected to come back with an improved offer for Clarke with Wilder seeing the ex-Sheffield Wednesday striker as playing a key role in his plans going forward at Bramall Lane.

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