Blades make double swoop

Top flight duo Vokes and Riise join struggling Blades

Vokes: Joined Blades

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Struggling Sheffield United have bolstered their ranks with the loan signings of Sam Vokes and Bjorn Helge Riise.

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Wolves striker Vokes has switched to Bramall Lane for 33 days, while Fulham midfielder Riise has joined until the end of the season.

Vokes, who will be available until the home fixture with Leeds United on 19th March, will bolster an attack still missing Darius Henderson, who is several weeks away from a return to action, and Ched Evans, who has not fully recovered from illness.

Riise, signed by former Fulham boss Roy Hodgson in July 2009, has switched after featuring in only three Premier League games for the Cottagers this term.

The 27-year-old Norway international, who has won 27 caps for his country, was advised by his national boss Egil Olsen to find a club where he can play more regularly.

Tuesday's recruitment means Blades boss Micky Adams has now brought in seven new faces following the earlier signings of Joe Mattock, Shane Lowry and Marcus Bent on loan and the permanent captures of Neill Collins and Micky Doyle.

United currently sit in 22nd in the Championship table - three points away from safety - ahead of the crucial clash with Reading on Tuesday.