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Striker signs

27 July 2016

Chris Wilder has bolstered his striking options with the new 2016-17 campaign nearing.

The Blades boss has swooped to make Leon Clarke his seventh summer signing, with the striker joining the Blades on a three-year deal, after United agreed an undisclosed fee with Bury for Clarke's services.

The experienced marksman is no stranger to Blades fans and until now has very often been United's nemesis.

Clarke has always had the knack of popping up with goals against the Blades for a number of clubs, notably during his time at Coventry City, but as recently as last term, the 31-year-old netted with a well taken lob in Bury's 3-1 success at Bramall Lane.

The much-travelled marksman has scored goals wherever he has been, whether it be permanently or on-loan. At Coventry, he formed a deadly partnership with Callum Wilson and for the Shakers in 2015-16, Clarke averaged a goal every two starts, netting 18 times in 36 appearances.

On his latest recruit, Wilder remarked: "We are delighted to secure his signature, we've worked hard to get Leon over the line.

"He is widely recognised as one of the top centre forwards in the division and he will complement what we already have in our strike force.

"We have youth, legs, ability, pace and experience and all can score goals. Leon is experienced and knows the division very well, he we will lead the line and the added bonuses are that he is a good character and still has the desire to achieve."

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