Blades back in for Cresswell
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Sheffield United have revived their bid to sign Richard Cresswell after having an offer for the Preston North End striker accepted.
Blades boss Neil Warnock had been pessimistic about his chances of landing Cresswell after claiming Leeds United were going to sign the ex-Sheffield Wednesday front man.
Cresswell was left out of the Preston team which lost to The Blades at the weekend, after Warnock was knocked back in a bid for the forward earlier this month.
But Warnock has returned with an improved offer for Cresswell, which has now been accepted by Preston.
A figure in excess of £1 million has been agreed and Cresswell has travelled to Bramall Lane for talks regarding a return to South Yorkshire.
Warnock will now be hoping he can convince Cresswell to join The Blades, although he will not have a clear run in the race for his signature.
Preston, on the advice of Cresswell's agent, are expecting to receive another bid for the 27-year-old on Monday and that is tipped to come from Leeds.
If Leeds reach a suitable deal with The Lilywhites, Cresswell will be left with the decision over which of the promotion contenders to join.
Warnock, though, has refuted the claims from Preston and insists he has not resurrected his bid to sign Cresswell."We have made one or two enquiries and it is common knowledge that Cresswell is one of the targets but there's no new news at the moment," Warnock told the club's official website.
"We are trying to get people in but other clubs become involved and it is more difficult, but I'm used to that now.
"It seems a coincidence that Leeds go in for everyone that I'm after. Maybe it is just because both clubs are after good players. Things will be sorted out this week, one way or another."