Sheffield United will hold further discussions with Tranmere Rovers later this week as they attempt to bring James Wallace, the former England under-20 midfielder, to Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
Wallace, who is believed to have held exploratory talks with United’s representatives after allowing his contract with Rovers to expire, emerged as one of Nigel Clough’s top transfer targets after impressing the former England international.
Although Clough, the United manager, recently indicated a provisional agreement with the 22-year-old has been reached, Rovers are entitled to compensation after signing Wallace from Everton 24 months ago while personal terms must also be finalised.
Clough said: “We’re making progress but there’s still plenty to finalise. I think we’re almost there with some bits but there is also a lot of interest in James out there because he’s a good player.”
Wallace has made 60 appearances for Rovers after initially joining them on loan from Everton where his solitary outing came against Sigma Olomouc in 2009’s Europa League.
Clough, who yesterday confirmed Chris Porter and Ben Davies have signed new deals, described the youngster as a driving force behind the North-West club’s remarkable start to the 2012/13 season which saw them win 12 of their opening 21 games. However, after succeeding Ronnie Moore in April, John McMahon was unable to prevent them from being relegated last term and was later replaced by Rob Edwards.