Stefan Scougall is poised to make his Sheffield United debut against Fulham tomorrow after completing a transfer, potentially worth £400,000, from Livingston.
The Scottish FA yesterday granted Nigel Clough’s side permission to select the midfielder ahead of the FA Cup fourth round tie.
John Brayford, previously of Cardiff City, could also feature after receiving international clearance from the SFA’s Welsh counterparts.
“We have been tracking Stefan for a while now, as have a number of clubs, and it is terrific that we have managed to secure his signature,” Clough said. “Stefan is one for the future and we will not demand too much from him this season, although we would like to integrate him into the first team squad.”
United beat off competition from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Peterborough, who visit Bramall Lane on Wednesday, to capture the Scotland under-21 international. An initial £150,000 downpayment - the balance of which is payable before May - will be deposited in Livingston’s bank account with the remainder of the fee dependent upon a number of factors including appearances.
Billy Paynter, signed on loan from Doncaster Rovers, will miss the meeting with Fulham while Callum McFadzean and Elliott Whitehouse are also cup-tied following loan spells at Chesterfield and York City.
“Although we have said that most of the moves in January will be loans, we are delighted to tie Stefan to a long-term deal,” Clough said.