June 20, 2024

Veteran striker shone for Derby last season but has been linked with a shock League Two move

David McGoldrick, the Sheffield United favourite, has been linked with a shock move to League Two as discussions over his Derby County future continue.

The 35-year-old scored 25 goals last season for Derby as they narrowly failed to make the League One play-offs, with boss Paul Warne confirming that a contract offer had been tabled to keep McGoldrick at Pride Park.

Although the former Rotherham United boss admitted he thought McGoldrick would stay, the veteran has since been linked with a move to League Two new boys Notts County after they were promoted from the National League via the play-offs last season.

McGoldrick came through the ranks at County and played a handful of times for their first team before signing for Southampton in 2005. McGoldrick moved to Derby on a free after he was released by the Blades, with three hat-tricks amongst his 25 goals for Warne’s men.

 

“I love playing for Derby; the fans have taken to me and I love the boys, the manager and the staff,” McGoldrick told the BBC earlier in the season.

“I have an open relationship with the manger about the situation. I don’t like distractions and I don’t have agents, so it’s me doing it myself. I just said wait until the end of the season and let’s concentrate on getting over that line, and then we will go from there.”

 

Sheffield United could require help from Premier League rivals to sign ‘target’

Sheffield United could require Conor Coady to reach a contract settlement with Wolverhampton Wanderers in order to pursue an interest in the England centre-half

Paul Heckingbottom’s side have been linked with a move for Coady after it emerged that Everton, where he had spent last term on loan, would not be activating an option to sign him on a permanent basis.

The 30-year-old told a national radio station earlier this week that his future at Molineux is “in limbo” with officials there, including manager Julen Lopetegui, expected to discuss the next phase of his career shortly. But if Wolves decide to sell, primarily to help meet their Financial Fair Play obligations, any move from United is likely to depend on whether they pay-up the majority of his present deal which has two seasons left to run.

Capped 10 times by his country and a member of the squad which finished as runners-up at Euro 2020, Coady’s salary at his present club is likely to far exceed what Heckingbottom’s employers can afford to pay. Wages are also understood to be one of the obstacles standing between United and a swoop for Tommy Doyle, who has admitted he would “love” to return to Bramall Lane following a successful spell on loan from Manchester City. His City team mate James McAtee also impressed during his stay in South Yorkshire, as United won promotion from the Championship.

After avoiding an immediate return to the second tier, Nottingham Forest, who are also said to be monitoring Coady’s situation closely, are in a better position to match – or at least some close to matching – his agreement with Wolves.

But if they do decide to press ahead with a bid, having previously attempted to sign him while Heckingbottom’s predecessor Chris Wilder has still in charge, United will hope that the player’s connections with South Yorkshire swing the race in their favour. Coady made 50 appearances for United after joining them on loan from Liverpool at the beginning of his career.

Any swoop for Rangers’ Glen Kamara could be influenced by the same factors surrounding Coady, with the midfielder another confirmed target for United during their last stay in the Premier League.

 

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