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Cambridge United continue talks with Premier League Sheffield United over midfielder Samir Carruthers

Samir Carruthers in action for Cambridge United in the pre-season friendly against Ipswich Town. Picture: Simon Lankester
Samir Carruthers in action for Cambridge United in the pre-season friendly against Ipswich Town. Picture: Simon Lankester

Cambridge United are still eager to complete the loan signing of Sheffield United’s Samir Carruthers.

The 26-year-old midfielder has been with the U’s for much of the summer, but a deal to bring him to the Abbey Stadium for this season has made slow progress.

U’s head coach Colin Calderwood remains hopeful that a breakthrough can be found in negotiations, though.

“We haven’t been able to conclude a deal with Sheffield United at the minute,” he said.

“It’s a little bit within Samir and Sheffield United’s court at the minute. We’re pushing and Samir’s pushing and Sheffield United are pushing to try to get something done.

“There has to be an endpoint for something of course, but ideally the negotiations will hopefully progress a little bit sharper and quicker than they have done in the last week or so.

“It’s frustrating for me, frustrating for probably Sheffield United and Samir as well because we really want him in and around and available for selection.

“It hasn’t progressed anywhere so far.”

United are also still in discussions with former Notts County centre-back Elliott Ward.

Calderwood said: “With Elliott, we’re still talking to him a little bit and we have to be obviously aware of what the budget is and, within the terms of that, we have to get the players that we want in.”

The U’s have not ruled out further additions in the loan market, but it does depend on a variety of things, including the options available and the financial package involved.

With the Football League transfer window shutting on August 31, it means that there is a bit of movement in the market.

“At the minute, we’re getting clubs ringing us up offering players and asking what we’re looking for,” said Calderwood.

“It’s the continuation of the summer period and, as we spoke about in the middle of the summer, there becomes a point where clubs really partition their players and then they say, he’s available for loan.

“The fortunate thing for clubs like ourselves, we might already be well set, and we’re definitely well set in terms of the money that we’re able to offer because there is virtually nothing to offer these clubs now.

“In some ways, if you have a really forward and bright outlook with a clear plan then clubs higher up the pyramid can make decisions that would help their own players and in the end you hope it would help the clubs in the leagues lower down a little bit.

“On lots of occasions, people will miss out because it’s got to this stage. But, the other side of it is that we might be able to do a fairly good financial deal.”

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