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By ESPN Staff
Jan 16, 2007

Jamaica striker Shelton joins Sheffield United

Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock is delighted to have agreed a deal for Jamaica striker Luton Shelton - and has also confirmed the signing of Senegal defender Mamadou Seck.

Shelton will make a £1.8million switch to Bramall Lane from Swedish side Helsingborg once all appropriate clearances have been finalised.

The 21-year-old had been playing alongside Henrik Larsson in Sweden, before the former Barcelona and Celtic striker moved to Manchester United on loan.

Warnock is pleased to have - subject to formalities - clinched the signature of the international team-mate of Blades defender Claude Davis.

Warnock said: 'We've watched him four or fives times, and Claude speaks well of him.

'When I've watched him he's been playing with Larsson. He's done well in games.

'He's got a lot to learn; he is very young; he is a good athlete and has good pace - so (I thought) he'd give us something different from the bench.'

Seck made his first appearance for United last night when they drew 1-1 with the Chengdu Blades, the Chinese club they own, in front of more than 10,000 at Bramall Lane.

Describing him as 'big and strong', Warnock added: 'I thought I'd give him a contract and see how he goes.'

The pair join Jon Stead and Matthew Kilgallon in the January transfer window, and Warnock said: 'I'm glad with what we've done.

'It's for the club to improve the overall quality. They all fit the criteria we're looking for.'

Going the other way is striker Neil Shipperley, whose contract has been terminated by mutual agreement.

The former Barnsley and Crystal Palace striker scored 11 goals last season as the Blades claimed promotion to the Barclays Premiership - but he has not featured in the current campaign.

Warnock continued: 'He wants to go back down south and play football. He's got himself fit now.

'I don't feel we would have gone up if Neil Shipperley had not come back in and played like he did. It's a thank you.'

Sheffield was the centre of yesterday's transfer dealings, Wednesday manager Brian Laws getting in on the act with his first permanent signing of the window - by securing Wolves striker Leon Clarke on a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

'I believe Leon will be a great acquisition to the team,' said Laws.

'He gives me a different option up front to those we currently have, which will enable me to change things when required.'