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Sheffield Utd bring in Higdon

Sheffield United have pulled off a major coup with the capture of proven marksman Michael Higdon from Dutch outfit NEC Nijmegen.

The 30-year-old Englishman came through Crewe's academy as a youngster and enjoyed successful spells with Alex, Falkirk, St Mirren and Motherwell before moving to Holland last summer.

Despite Nijmegen struggling in the top flight, Higdon scored 14 goals in 32 Eredivisie appearances last term and becomes the Blades' ninth new signing after putting pen to paper on a two-year deal at Bramall Lane.

"He ticks a lot of boxes, including goalscoring record, experience, as well as being a big lad who can hold the ball up," said United boss Nigel Clough on the club's official website. "He scores different types of goals, he uses his left, right and head and we think the crowd will take to Michael.

"If you look at the quality of crosses we've put in over the pre-season period, it should be of major benefit to Michael. Flynn, Murphy, Harris, Alcock and Davies have all been whipping in balls - he has got to relish the prospect of working with Ben Davies.

"He's 30 years old, experienced and began at Crewe, so is technically sound. Michael will be a major asset to us."

Higdon was the leading scorer in the SPL two seasons ago and also voted PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year while at Motherwell.