Doncaster Rovers are set to land Sheffield United youngster Louie Marsh on loan, reports Andy Giddings from the BBC.
The 19-year-old forward has been subject to intense interest in the EFL, with multiple clubs approaching the Blades over a possible move.
Grant McCann’s side appear to have won the race for the Yorkshireman, who is currently in Doncaster to complete the move, with the 43-year-old boss revealing Marsh has been his top target all summer.
The in-form youngster has captivated the attention of many after registering back-to-back hat-tricks for Sheffield United’s development squad this season, adding to his 18 goals from the previous campaign.
Marsh has been labelled as “one of the most sought-after” players that is available on loan outside of the Premier League.
The academy starlet recently made his senior debut as the Premier League side were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League One’s Lincoln City on Wednesday night, but with the depth in attack at Bramall Lane, plus his proven quality at youth level, it is felt that a loan move in the EFL is the best option to continue his rapid development.
Rovers’ latest dip into the transfer market has also been prompted by George Miller’s setback in his recovery from a knee operation, with the 25-year-old forward not expected to return for up to seven weeks.
What’s been said?
As reported by the Doncaster Free Press, McCann said: “We have got options but we are very close on one and it’s the number one target we have went for in this window.
“We have had to wait on him because of injuries at his parent club, so he has been involved in and around their first team.
“We just need more artillery at the top end of the pitch.
“It was really just a decision we made last week. With the way we are at the minute and how we are playing, we probably could do with another body in that area.
“One that can play as a nine or a ten, be clever, can drive at people and score goals.”
It has been a torrid start to the 2023/24 campaign for Doncaster, who are currently the lowest ranked side in the Football League as they sit at the foot of the League Two table.
McCann’s side have found the back of the net just four times in their opening five outings in the fourth tier, and a highly confident and firing forward could be what they need to kickstart their season which had promised so much earlier in the window.
It hasn’t been disclosed which other clubs were interested in the forward, but you would think the proximity of the two teams has helped get this deal over the line.