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Blades close in on triple signing

Smith, O'Toole and McIndoe
Smith (left), O'Toole (centre), and McIndoe could soon be Blades players

Sheffield United have begun talks with Watford's Tommy Smith and John-Joe O'Toole plus Bristol City's Michael McIndoe after having bids accepted.

The Championship club have offered £1.8m for Smith while their bid for McIndoe was accepted on Wednesday.

Blades boss Kevin Blackwell told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We are in discussions with all three and I am sure fans will agree they are all quality players.

"We have to build a squad that will give us more options next season."

It is believed United had an initial bid rejected by the Hornets for striker Smith, who scored 17 goals last season, two weeks ago, Reading and Wolves are also said to be interested.

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Smith, 29, has spent eight seasons at Vicarage Road in two spells, he also played for Sunderland and Derby.

Republic of Ireland international midfielder O'Toole, 20, had a three-month loan-spell at United from Vicarage Road last season, he made nine appearances scoring once.

Meanwhile Scottish winger McIndoe, 29, joined Bristol City from Wolves in August 2007 and has scored 13 goals in 97 appearances.

Speaking after Blades' bid was accepted on Wednesday, Robins boss Gary Johnson told BBC Points West: "They are talking to Macca. I think it will happen within the next couple of days."

Blades have also confirmed that goalkeeper Ian Bennett, 37, has agreed a new one-year contract while Fulham winger Julian Gray has started a two-week trial at Brammall Lane.



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see also
Blades have McIndoe bid accepted
01 Jul 09 |  Sheff Utd
Watford sign Graham from Carlisle
02 Jul 09 |  Watford
Sheffield United sign winger Reid
01 Jul 09 |  Sheff Utd
Blades sign O'Toole from Watford
25 Feb 09 |  Sheff Utd


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