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Last Updated: Monday, 15 March, 2004, 20:02 GMT
Francis makes Blades move
Simon Francis
Francis has agreed a three-year deal with Sheffield United
Sheffield United have signed defender Simon Francis from Bradford City, initially on loan to allow him to play against Rotherham on Tuesday.

However, a 200,000 deal - rising to 250,000 if the Blades win promotion - has been agreed for the 19-year-old.

Boss Neil Warnock said that Sunderland and Charlton had also wanted Francis.

"Mick McCarthy and Alan Curbishley had phoned him a few times, so for him to choose us is a major feather in our cap," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"He knows at Bramall Lane we give the youngsters a chance.

"Now he needs to establish himself in the team over the next couple of years."

Nottingham-born Francis has made 55 league appearances for the Bantams, who are in administration, since his debut in November 2002.

He follows team-mate Andy Gray, who moved from Valley Parade to Bramall Lane less than a month ago.

Gray joins Blades
27 Feb 04  |  Sheff Utd

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