Sheffield United have signed Gary Madine on loan from Cardiff City, as confirmed by their official club website today.

The 28-year-old has signed a deal until the end of the season with the Blades and will be hoping to score the goals to fire them into the Premier League.

He has become Chris Wilder’s second signing of the January transfer window. The Yorkshire side also delved into the loan market to sign Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell last week.

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Madine’s move is a shock considering he has previously played for Sheffield United’s bitter rivals Sheffield Wednesday and has had a history with the Blades.

He told their club website after signing today: “There were other teams interested, but believe it or not when I knew Sheffield United was interested, I was buzzing and jumped at the chance. I’ve played with some of the lads and against them too, I was dying to make the move happen”.

“Some people have this perception I don’t like Sheffield United, but that’s not true. I’ve had over 20,000 supporters booing me when I’ve played here before, it’s an intimidating place to come and some players would crumble”.

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He added: “But I’ve always thought I wouldn’t mind being part of that and it is certainly a club on the up, one who play some excellent football”.

Wilder said: “I’m more than positive, more than happy with this signing. Gary gives us a physicality at the top of the pitch, tactically he gives us something different, which we’ll need in the second part of the season”.

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