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Clough keen on adding frontman

Nigel Clough admits the acquisition of a goalscorer will be a top priority for Sheffield United this summer.

The Blades have struggled for firepower this season, finding the target just 41 times in 40 Sky Bet League One fixtures.

With their defensive record a match for most of those in the top-half of the division, it has been issues in the final third which have held them back.

Clough is aware of that fact and will look to address it as a matter of urgency when the transfer window re-opens.

He concedes that he will be looking for 'three or four quality players', but has pointed out that a new marksman will be at the top of his wish list.

Clough said in the Sheffield Star: "Bringing in a striker is something we'll consider.

"They're the hardest to get and cost the most money but, yes, it's something we're investigating."

After a slow start, which led to Clough inheriting the managerial reins, the Blades have moved steadily up the third tier table.

A late play-off push appeared to be on the cards at one stage, to complement a run through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but an eight-point gap and five places now separate United from the top six and attention is starting to turn towards next season.

Clough added: "Hopefully we'll be up there in the top six in 12 months' time, or even challenging for the top two. We want to do well."