By Paddy Kenny

14th Jul, 2021 | 7:00pm

Kenny 'gutted' as Sheffield United beaten by West Brom to Clarke signing

Sheffield United will be “gutted” by news they have missed out on signing Matt Clarke and that Jack O’Connell is sidelined for the foreseeable future.

That is according to ex-Blades shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Slavisa Jokanovic’s centre-half options.

This site revealed on 12th July that West Brom had leapfrogged United in the race to sign Brighton defender Clarke.

And Albion yesterday (13th July) confirmed the 24-year-old’s capture on loan until the end of the season.

In another blow to United, Yorkshire Live reported today (14th July) that fellow centre-back Jack O’Connell is set to be sidelined for another six to 10 months.

However, as revealed by this site yesterday, the Blades are readying a formal offer for £2million-rated Wolves centre-back Dion Sanderson, 20.

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Kenny stressed the need for depth at the heart of defence and lamented United’s injury woes.

“It’s definitely one of the positions they should be concentrating on,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“O’Connell is out for a long time. He’s already been out for ages and it could be another six months. So it’s an area we need to address.

“You need at least four centre-halves because you can’t leave yourselves short in that department.

“I’m sure they’ll be gutted about not getting Clarke because, as I say, it is something that needs sorting.

United’s other senior centre-back options are John Egan and Chris Basham.

Out-of-contract Kean Bryan meanwhile was offered a new deal at Bramall Lane but is yet to commit his future to the club.

In other news, pundit predicts former Sheffield United star John Lundstram will be different animal at new club Rangers.