Busy Blades acquire Brayford, Scougall and Harris

New Sheffield United loan signing John Brayford in action for Derby against Leeds last year.
New Sheffield United loan signing John Brayford in action for Derby against Leeds last year.
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Sheffield United have had a busy day in the transfer market, signing three players.

Nigel Clough expressed his delight following the arrival of Cardiff City defender John Brayford on a loan deal until the remainder of the season.

The 26-year-old was attracting interest from clubs in the Championship, but a mutual admiration between Clough and the player himself convinced the former Crewe man to pen a deal at Bramall Lane.

Clough said: “This is a major coup for us because, believe me, John could have easily moved to teams in the division above.”

The Blades also signed Livington’s Stefan Scougall on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

United have paid an undisclosed fee for the 21-year-old attacking midfielder, who has made 18 appearances, scoring two goals for the Livi Lions this season.

And late in the afternoon Clough secured the services of Blackpool left-back Bob Harris, who moves to the Lane on a 28-day loan deal.

Tony McMahon has gone in the other direction on a similar deal.