Blackwell hoping to spend Killa cash

04 January 2010 12:00
The centre-back, who is out of contract in the summer, has turned down a new deal at Bramall Lane and is likely to move on in the January transfer window, provided the Blades' valuation is met.[LNB]Newcastle are reported to be leading the race for Kilgallon's services, with Celtic, Burnley, Hull City, Wigan and Bolton also reported to be keen.[LNB]Blackwell is well aware that the exit of the talented defender will hit his side's promotion hopes hard, and believes it is essential that he is given scope to land a replacement.[LNB]"It's imperative that we try to keep our best players here," he told the Sheffield Star. "Obviously everyone knows what is going on with Killa.[LNB]"It's not certain that he'll leave but, if he does, then ideally we don't want to lose any more. [LNB]"We're on a good run and we are making progress in the table. But we're paper thin and we can't carry too many absentees.[LNB]"If he (Killa) does move on then we have to bring somebody else in."[LNB]Kilgallon was replaced at half-time of Sunday's 1-1 FA Cup third-round draw with QPR after complaining of a sore hamstring.[LNB]He could now be set for a brief stint on the sidelines, with Blackwell relieved the injury did not prove to be more serious.[LNB]"If it had gone properly then Killa would have been looking at six weeks out," he added.[LNB][LNB] Watford v Sheff. Utd. Click here to bet.  

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