Birmingham City are interested in Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke, although they will face competition from fellow Championship sides to land the 34-year-old.
That’s according to Football Insider who claim that Hull and Wigan will rival Blues for Clarke as the three clubs look to add to their squad ahead of the new season.
Clarke has proven himself at this level over the years however he managed just six goals last season, with three coming for the Blades and three for Wigan, who he joined in January for the latter part of the campaign.
Despite that, in the 2017/18 season the striker was prolific for Chris Wilder’s side as they pushed for a play-off place, whilst he was also an important figure as the Yorkshire outfit secured promotion from League One prior to that.
However, with Sheffield United now in the Premier League the striker is way down the pecking order and will be available to leave Bramall Lane.
Birmingham in particular are desperate for reinforcements in the final third after top scorer Che Adams left to join Southampton for around £15m.
Clarke simply has to leave the Blades this summer as he has no chance of playing next season and he would be a decent capture for the three Championship sides interested.
His age will be a concern and his form last year suggests he is no longer as ruthless in the second-tier as he used to be, but he can still do a job.
Fans of the interested clubs may be underwhelmed and that’s understandable if Clarke arrived as the main man.
But, if he was one of a few strikers then his experience can help and he can chip in with goals over the course of the season.
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