Sheffield United close to tying up deal for Burnley left-back Daniel Lafferty

Daniel Lafferty si brought down  by Shrewsbury Town's Jim O'Brien (Photo: Sportimage)
Daniel Lafferty si brought down by Shrewsbury Town's Jim O'Brien (Photo: Sportimage)
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Sheffield United expect to clinch the permanent signing of defender Daniel Lafferty from Premier League side Burnley today.

The left-back has impressed on loan at Bramall Lane and United have agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with the player.

It is understood there will be no fee involved, but add-ons payable depending on how successful the move is for the 27-year-old.

The Northern Ireland international will join fellow loan defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell in committing his future to League One leaders, after the latter extended his short-term stay from Wolverhampton until the summer.

“I am expecting that to be done today, he (Lafferty) has passed his medical,” Wilder said. “He has only had one defeat in the twenty-odd games he has been involved in.

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“Danny has great experience at a good age, played at a proper football club with a proper manager (Burnley/Sean Dyche), and we are delighted that he has joined us for the next two and half years.

“He has played at the top end of the Championship and for his country, the deal is a good deal for us. He wanted to come and play football.

“Ethan and Danny had been here for half the season and we wanted for them to be here for the remainder of the year.

“There was an opportunity to take Dan on a permanent and we have taken it, he has done ever so well.”

United, though, will be without new signing Samir Carruthers for up to a month after the midfielder picked up an ankle injury in last weekend’s win at Southend.

He was withdrawn after just 15 minutes into his debut after suffering the injury.

“Samir is out for two to four weeks which is a blow to us, because I thought his performance for 15 minutes (at Southend) was excellent,” said Wilder.

“He showed everybody, the travelling supporters, what we can all look forward to when we get him back fit.

“It’s better than what I expected, if I am being totally honest, and it will be good to have him back sooner rather than later.”


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