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Thursday, 14 November, 2002, 14:47 GMT
Mixed joy for Blades
Steve Kabba during his loan spell at Grimsby
Kabba wanted a permanent switch to Bramall Lane
Sheffield United have signed veteran Middlesbrough striker Dean Windass on a month's loan.

But the Blades failed in their attempt to make it a double swoop when Crystal Palace forward Steve Kabba turned down a similar move to Bramall Lane.

Windass, 33, has joined the Blades from the Riverside Stadium in a bid for regular first-team football.

The former Hull City, Oxford, Aberdeen and Bradford City striker has made just one senior appearance for Middlesbrough this season and joins forces again with former Bradford team-mate Stuart McCall at Bramall Lane.

"It is a very difficult time to loan players, but the fact that Stuart knew Dean from their Bradford days helped sway the deal when at least three other First Division clubs were after him," Warnock told the club's website.

"We think his experience and know-how will help other players".

But the Blades have been rebuffed in their attempt to take Kabba on a month's loan from Crystal Palace.

Kabba arrived at Bramall Lane for talks on Thursday, but neither he nor Eagles boss Trevor Francis were keen on a temporary switch after the player spent time at Grimsby earlier in the season.

"Steve doesn't want to go on loan anywhere and Trevor Francis isn't that keen either - they are looking for a permanent deal," Warnock revealed.

"At this moment in time, it's on hold.

"We will keep an eye on the situation and see what happens in the next couple of weeks rather than rush into a deal."

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