Sheffield United are hoping to complete a deal to bring controversial striker Marlon King to the club.

King, 33, a free agent since having his contract with previous club Birmingham cancelled by mutual consent in August, is close to reaching an agreement with the Blades and could be included in their squad for next Saturday's home game with Preston.

Blades boss David Weir said: " We are in negotiations, we'd like to bring him in, we have struggled for goals and he fits the criteria.

"He's a goalscorer, he has experience and he has been there and done it.

"He played in the last round of internationals for Jamaica so he is fit.

"As a team we have not scored enough goals and he can help us. We'd like to get it done in time for the weekend."

Jamaica international King began his career with Barnet in 1998 and has scored a total of 166 goals in 492 senior appearances.

His previous clubs include Gillingham, Nottingham Forest, Leeds, Watford, Wigan, Coventry and Birmingham, while he has also had loan spells with Hull and Middlesbrough.

King has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons on numerous occasions throughout his career and in 2009 was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sexually assaulting and punching a 20-year-old female student.

He was released from prison in July 2010 after serving half his sentence and was also arrested in connection with a hit-and-run incident that left a man injured in July of this year.