Leeds United defender Scott Wootton could join Rotherham United on a permanent basis after his loan in South Yorkshire ends this weekend.
The Championship clubs are understood to be in talks about arranging a full-time move once Wootton completes his temporary spell in South Yorkshire.
The centre-back signed for Rotherham in November, on the last day of the Football League’s emergency loan window and he has played six times under manager Steve Evans.
Wootton was left out of last weekend’s FA Cup tie against Bournemouth but is likely to be involved against Brentford on Saturday ahead of his scheduled return to Leeds next week.
His involvement at United has been fleeting this season and the club are expected to sign another central defender before FIFA’s January window closes.
Liam Cooper, Jason Pearce and Giuseppe Bellusci are all ahead of Wootton in the order at Elland Road, and Leeds have young Italian defender Dario Del Fabro in reserve.
Nineteen-year-old Del Fabro improved his prospects with a brave performance in Sunday’s FA Cup defeat at Sunderland.
Any deal for Wootton is likely to involve a fee, with Manchester United still owed part of the fee agreed when Wootton move to Leeds from Old Trafford in August 2013.