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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 August 2007, 12:20 GMT 13:20 UK
Sheff Utd land Beattie and Carney
Sheff Utd have made a bid for Everton striker James Beattie
Beattie has been persuaded to drop into the Championship
Sheffield United have signed Everton's James Beattie in a 4m deal and also completed a swoop for Sydney FC's Australian international David Carney.

Both players were paraded on the Bramall Lane pitch before the friendly against Nottingham Forest.

Blades' boss Bryan Robson was pleased to persuade 29-year-old Beattie to drop into the Championship.

He said: "I'm delighted. We've got a strike force now that ranks as the best in the Championship."

Robson is convinced Beattie can form a strong partnership up front with fellow summer recruit Billy Sharp.

Robson added: "It's a signal of our intention to return to the top flight."

Beattie told BBC Radio Sheffield he was hoping to only spend one season in the Championship.

He said: "I've been very impressed with the manager and the chairman. It's an ambitious club and I'm confident I can help them make a swift return to the top flight.

"Twelve months ago I was starting a new season as Everton's leading goalscorer, but last season was a nightmare.

"If the manager doesn't fancy you anymore you get frozen out and that's what happened to me but life goes on.

"I've never played outside the Premier League so it's a challenge coming here. I've got 81 goals in the top flight so hopefully I can some Championship goals to that "

Beattie has suffered a frustrating time at Goodison Park since his move two years ago.

He arrived on the back of a successful spell at Southampton, where he had broken into the England squad.


His 76 appearances for Everton, including 51 starts, have brought him just 13 goals and he has fallen down the pecking order.

Carney, a 23-year-year-old midfielder, impressed Robson with his performances in the recent Asia Cup and is believed to have signed a three-year contract.

He told BBC Radio Sheffield after completing a 50,000 deal: "This is a great move for me. I reckon I need a couple of weeks training before I'm fully fit but I can't wait to get going. Hopefully I can help the Blades bounce straight back to the Premiership.

"A lot of people wanted me to stay in Australia but if I want to better my career this is the place to be."

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