Marcus Williams is poised to become the third player to leave Bramall Lane this week as Nigel Clough presses ahead with his overhaul of Sheffield United’s first-team squad.
Scunthorpe want to sign the defender on a permanent basis after he recently returned to Glanford Park on loan.
However United, who paid up Marlon King’s contract on New Year’s Eve, could be forced to agree another severance package in order to push through a deal given the financial constraints at Glanford Park.
Williams, recruited by Clough’s predecessor Danny Wilson, has not made a senior appearance for the South Yorkshire club since August but would have to accept a significant wage cut in order to rejoin the team where his career began a decade ago.
Clough, speaking after yesterday’s defeat by Walsall, confirmed he is monitoring several targets during the transfer window.
With King’s fellow centre-forward, Lyle Taylor, also departing, bolstering United’s attacking options is known to be the former England international’s immediate priority.