Veteran Speed to join Sheff Utd on loan

December 24, 2007

Bolton midfielder Gary Speed is set to join Coca-Cola Championship side Sheffield United on loan on January 1 with a view to a permanent deal.

The clubs have reached an agreement that will see the former Wales international in contention for the Blades' fixture at Wolves on New Year's Day.

The 38-year-old had earlier admitted he may have to leave the Reebok Stadium in order to prolong his career because of a lack of first-team opportunities under Gary Megson.

Speed had been linked with a move to Bramall Lane earlier this season and United manager Bryan Robson told the club's official website: 'I tried to get Gary before the season started but Bolton wouldn't release him.

'Since then I spoke to (former manager) Sammy Lee before deadline day and then Gary Megson but got the same answer so it has been an ongoing thing.'