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Sheffield United sign Nyron Nosworthy and Toni Kallio

Nyron Nosworthy and Tony Kellio
Nosworthy and Kellio will bolster United's defensive options

Sheffield United have made a double loan swoop to bring in Sunderland's Nyron Nosworthy and Fulham's Toni Kallio until the end of the season.

Nosworthy, 29, can play at centre-back and right-back and has been with the Black Cats since 2005.

Finland international left-back Kallio, 31, has already had one loan spell at Bramall Lane this season.

That deal was set to be extended before Kallio returned to Craven Cottage because of a Fulham injury crisis.

Blades boss Kevin Blackwell explained: "We got [a deal] agreed on Christmas Eve but then he was recalled straight away because Fulham had injuries and a lot of games coming up in January.

"But their boss Roy Hodgson promised he would look at it again and, true to his word, he has. Toni did very well for us and I'm glad that this move is done and we have him until the end of the season.


"He has played in the Premiership recently, ticks all the boxes and, importantly, knows our place and players so he doesn't have to start to get to know the place."

The capture of Nosworthy further strengthens the United back-line and Blackwell was delighted to bring in the former Gillingham player.

Blackwell added: "We needed a quality centre-half who had pace and Nyron is a terrific defender who has played a lot of Premier League games with Sunderland.

"He has a good reputation in the game, fits the bill and we had to fight off competition from Portsmouth to get him."

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