Sheffield United eventually lost out in the race to sign Matt Clarke from Brighton and Hove Albion yesterday, as West Brom completed a season long loan deal for the centre back.
The Blades had previously been linked with a move for the 24-year-old prior to his move to Albion and will now be seeking to switch their attentions to other targets.
Slavisa Jokanovic is said to be in the market for a left sided central defender, with Jack O’Connell still on the way back from a serious knee injury that has kept him out of action for a very lengthy period.
Despite this recent set back, there is still plenty of time for the Blades to secure their targets as the season grows ever closer.
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Here, we take a look at THREE Matt Clarke alternatives that Sheffield United could turn to…
The veteran centre back recently became a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace and could be a cheaper option that Jokanovic may turn to.
Experienced at Premier League level, Cahill could arguably still do a job in the Sky Bet Championship moving forwards.
Not as strong on the ball as Clarke, the former Chelsea man also brings a good leadership qualities to the table.
The Blades could do a lot worse than signing the 35-year-old this summer.
Another former Crystal Palace player who is now a free agent, Dann is a player who would bring a lot of consistency to Bramall Lane.
He wouldn’t necessarily be a starter every week under Jokanovic but he would certainly add some depth to what has been a problem position for the club.
Signing the ex-Birmingham City defender on a short term deal would be very low risk and cost saving.
He could certainly step into the Phil Jagielka role as an elder statesman if Sheffield United snapped him up.
A slightly more brave choice, Thomas is looking for a new club after leaving AFC Wimbledon and is seemingly keen on stepping up to the Championship this summer.
Strong in possession of the ball and could with both feet, the centre back would fit in well to Jokanovic’s preferred passing style.
The former Wigan Athletic man also has experience of playing on the left hand side of a back three, which is a clear and obvious bonus if the Blades stick with a three at the back system.
Another low cost option, Thomas would certainly be looking to prove a point if he moved to the second tier side.