Reece Brown will hold talks with Sheffield United later today about a move to Bramall Lane.
The former Bury and Barnsley defender joined Chris Wilder’s side on trial earlier this month and started Monday’s Professional Development League encounter against Queens Park Rangers.
Cameron Stewart, who has also been invited to train with United, could also discover whether his future lies at Bramall Lane before the end of the week.
“We’ll be speaking with Reece today,” Wilder said. “He’s done well, impressed us, and I’ve spoken before about the importance of having competition for places through the team. I’m not going to be sticking a gun to anybody’s head. But, like I say, he’s done well and so we’ll sit down and talk about something.”
“Cameron is still here with us and he’ll play in a game today,” Wilder, the United manager, added. “We’ll probably reach a decision on him at some point after that. We’ll see what happens there. Players can find themselves without a club for all sorts of reasons. They’ve both been given opportunities here and it’s a chance for one, potentially for both, to put their careers back on track.”
Brown, who like Stewart turned professional with Manchester United, is a free agent after leaving Gigg Lane at the end of last season. If the 24-year-old and his representative reach an agreement with United, he would compete with Kieron Freeman for a place at wing-back.
Stewart, aged 25, enjoyed a spell on loan at Doncaster Rovers last term before his contract with Ipswich Town was terminated by mutual consent.
“We tried to get another wide player in before the window closed but we weren’t able to get anything across the line in time,” Wilder said. “That’s why we are taking a look at him, because that vacancy is still there.”
United, who have signed 12 new players following Wilder’s appointment in May, return to League One action at Scunthorpe on Saturday. Caolan Lavery is expected to feature despite suffering an injury scare during the meeting with QPR but fellow centre-forward Leon Clarke remains a doubt. He missed last weekend’s win over Peterborough which saw sixth-placed United stretch their winning run in the competition to four games.
Wilder, speaking at today’s pre-match press conference, said: “Caolan will train with us today and so he should be in the squad. He took a bit of a whack to his Achilles against QPR and so we took him straight off. We didn’t take any risks. But he’ll be involved and we’re hoping he’ll be fine. Obviously it was a bit sore for a day or so but you expect that to be the case.”
“Leon is going for a scan and we’ll get the results back from that later,” Wilder added. “Hopefully, when we do, he’ll be okay for the game as well. He’s carried it for a while and obviously 19,000 or so people saw him wearing a protective boot last weekend. The scan is just so we can get to the bottom of what it actually is.”