Blades made record Nugent bid

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Neil Warnock has confirmed Sheffield United made a club record offer for Preston North End striker David Nugent.

The Blades had been keen to bring the England Under 21 international to Bramall Lane, but have found Preston in no mood to sell.

Earlier this week, Warnock stated Nugent was 'over-priced' after opting to end his interest in the coveted forward.

Prior to calling off his pursuit, the Blades boss admitted a bid was submitted in excess of the £3million the club paid to Preston for Claude Davis last summer.

"We offered the most I've ever offered for a player, but it would've been a gamble," Warnock told the club's official website.

"Nugent has something special, but there's a lot of goalscorers in the Championship, First Division and Second Division, but can they play in the Premiership?"

Warnock, instead, brought in Jon Stead from Sunderland, and revealed he may also bring in a striker from France before the transfer window closes.

He added: "We're looking for another striker and we're hoping to tie up a deal, possibly next week.

"Laurent D'Jaffo, our scout in France, wants me to take a player on board.

"We'll probably bring a fringe player in and there's still maybe a player from Europe coming in."