CLOUGH CONFIRMS BUTLER SET FOR LOAN SWITCH CLOUGH CONFIRMS BUTLER SET FOR LOAN SWITCH

CLOUGH CONFIRMS BUTLER SET FOR LOAN SWITCH

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has today added to the transfer speculation that surrounds former Walsall captain and two-time player of the season, Andy Butler.
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has today added to the transfer speculation that surrounds former Walsall captain, and two-time player of the season, Andy Butler.

As reported on Wednesday afternoon Butler looks set to leave Bramall Lane just a few short months after arriving on a free transfer over the summer.

It had been reported that Butler was involved in a training ground disagreement with Blades boss Nigel Clough, believed to be over Butler's lack of appearances, due in-part to the emergence of defender Harrison McGahey.

However Clough has spoken about the situation, and has indicated that the issue may actually lie with Butler, and an apparent failure to settle in the area.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield yesterday afternoon, Clough said: “We have had one or two enquiries for Andy Butler to go out and get some games which is fine so we will try and get Andy some games.

“At his age he needs to be out there playing games and hopefully within the next few days to a week, that might happen.

“There’s a couple of League One clubs so we will try and get something sorted for him.”

When asked why it hadn't worked out for Butler in South Yorkshire, Clough added: “People settle differently, some do and some don’t, so it is a difficult one to say why it is has just not quite happened.

“It has been the emergence of Harrison more than anything who has played beyond expectation.”

Clough also told the Sheffield Star, “It’s all amicable with Andy. He’s training with the first team and if we need him then we’ll use him."

Walsall are believed to be leading the race for his signature, with fellow League One outfit Crewe Alexandra also expressing an interest.

The main stumbling block for sides is believed to be the level of wages United require loaning clubs to pay.
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