Blades launch Gravesen move

Celtic midfielder Thomas Gravesen is wanted by Sheffield United and could be replaced at Parkhead by Liverpool’s Adam Hammill.

Celtic midfielder Thomas Gravesen is wanted by Sheffield United and could be replaced at Parkhead by Liverpool’s Adam Hammill.

United boss Bryan Robson has confirmed his interest in signing Denmark international Gravesen, whose performances after arriving from Real Madrid last August failed to match Celtic’s expectations.

The 31-year-old former Everton player would have to weigh up the merits of a transfer, likely to be a loan, to the Coca-Cola Championship club who yesterday lost their legal challenge against the Premier League after an arbitration panel dismissed their claim over the Carlos Tevez affair.

But if Gravesen is willing, Celtic may be ready to let one of their big earners leave.

Robson said: “I have an interest in Thomas Gravesen and would like to bring him to Sheffield United.

“We are in discussions with Celtic over the issue and, hopefully, we can sort out some kind of agreement with them.

“I’m not sure if I can persuade Thomas to come here but I’d like to have the chance to speak to him.”

Liverpool’s 19-year-old winger Hammill spent the second half of last season on loan at Dunfermline, during which time he was known to have impressed Celtic.

Now Hammill claims Gordon Strachan’s side have made an approach to sign him for the upcoming campaign.

He told The Sun: “My agent has been in touch with Celtic and I know about the interest.

“They are a very big club and it is exciting for me personally that there is talk of Celtic which proves I did really well in Scotland.”

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