Championship rivals target Blades star Clarke

Leon Clarke of Sheffield United celebrates after scoring the third goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Sheffield United and Bradford City at Bramall Lane on April 17, 2017 in...

HITC Sport understands a number of Championship clubs have made enquiries for Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke.

Leon Clarke (L) of Sheffield United celebrates scoring his fourth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Hull City at Bramall Lane on November 4, 2017 in...

Hull City, Bristol City, Millwall and Wigan are eyeing moves for Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke before the close of the transfer window, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Clarke has lost his spot in the Sheffield United starting line-up this season, with David McGoldrick forming an impressive strike partnership with Billy Sharp this term.

 

Clarke, who was last season's top scorer, has started just nine Championship games so far this season with another 15 appearances off the bench.

The 33-year-old has scored three goals and provided three assists in the Championship this season, but he has been unable to establish himself in Chris Wilder's starting XI due to the form of McGoldrick and Sharp.

Leon Clarke (R) of Sheffield United celebrates scoring his side's third goal with Enda Stevens during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Sheffield United at Griffin Park...

The recent arrival of Gary Madine from Cardiff City has also increased competition for places in attack at Bramall Lane and a number of clubs are monitoring Clarke's situation closely.

Hull, Bristol City, Millwall and Wigan are all looking to bolster their attacking options before the transfer window slams shut next week and Clarke figures on their wanted lists as he is a proven goal-scorer in the Championship.

It remains to be seen if Sheffield United would consider letting Clarke leave as they battle to maintain their push for promotion this season, but they are bracing themselves for offers for Clarke before next week's transfer deadline.

Leon Clarke of Sheffield United beats a challenge from Tom Lees and Joost Van Aken of Sheffield Wednesday on his way to scoring their fourth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match...

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