According to Sky Sports Transfer Centre (11:17), and quoting Sky sources, Sheffield United striker James Hanson is in talks about a loan move with Bury.

Bradford-born Hanson, who moved to the Blades in the final week of last January’s transfer window for around £150,000, has found game time hard to come by this season.

The impressive form of Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp has meant the former shelf-stacker has only featured twice for United, with just a 15 minute appearance against Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship. Other than that, Hanson has only made the bench on three more occasions, the rest of the 22 games he’s not featured in the match-day squad.

Hanson made a name for himself at Bradford City, the lofty striker making 334 appearances for the Bantams, scoring 92 goals and providing 36 assists. Since arriving at Brammall Lane, Hanson has only made 15 appearances – 14 of them (one goal/four assists) coming in the Blades’ promotion from League One last season.

A move to Bury could be beneficial for both player and club. Bury find themselves rooted to the foot of League One and in a battle to avoid the drop. The Shakers are five points from Rochdale who sit one place above them in the table and 11 points and inferior goal difference from Oldham who sit one point free of the drop zone.

Hanson’s aerial prowess and goal threat would be definitely beneficial for Bury in their now real fight against relegation. The Sheffield United striker has 144 games of experience at League One level, 144 games that have brought 37 goals and 19 assists.

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