Sheffield United have signed striker David McGoldrick on a free transfer.
The Blades’ third summer signing joins after leaving fellow Championship side Ipswich Town at the end of last season.
He scored eight times in 24 matches for the Tractor Boys last term and has agreed an initial one-year deal with a view to an extension.
The 30-year-old has impressed during his trial with Chris Wilder’s side in recent weeks, featuring in the last two friendlies against Bradford City and Mansfield Town, and has been snapped up by the coaching staff as a result.
An experienced Championship striker, McGoldrick counts Notts County, Southampton and Nottingham Forest among his former clubs.
The six-time Republic of Ireland international has also appeared four times for Sheffield Wednesday while on loan at Hillsborough during his time with Forest.
It has been reported that during his time at Ipswich his family still lived in Nottingham, meaning that at times he had a ten-hour round trip depending on traffic. It is believed this was one of the factors in him wanting to sign for a northern club.
On the signing, United boss Wilder told sufc.co.uk: “”I’ve continually said that we only want to bring in players who strengthen us and David ticks that box. He’s a great link player, has a wealth of Championship experience and he may be coming into the best years of his career.
“David wanted to return north and this was too good an opportunity to turn down. His attitude and ability, not only in the matches he has played, but also on the training ground, is without question. I’ve spoken to a number of respected people about David and they cannot speak highly enough of him.”
He is poised to start tonight’s friendly against Inter Milan at Bramall Lane (19:30pm KO).