READING have paved the way for Marcus Williams to join Sheffield United on a permanent basis.
The full-back, whose loan from the Madejski Stadium was extended earlier this week, has made no secret of the fact he would like to remain with Danny Wilson’s side when his temporary deal expires in December.
And Williams, who could be named in United’s starting 11 for Sunday’s Steel City derby at Bramall Lane, has been handed extra incentive to impress after sources close to his parent club indicated last night that Brian McDermott, Wilson’s counterpart in Berkshire, will not seek to prevent the 25-year-old moving elsewhere.
Williams recently admitted he faces an uncertain future at Reading after making only five appearances since his move from Scunthorpe 15 months ago. “I think the manager there would like to get his squad size down a bit,” he said.
“But I’ll just concentrate on doing well here before thinking about what happens next. I’m delighted to be at United but you can’t get ahead of yourself.”
Although United must reduce their expenditure after being relegated to League One last season, Reading are believed to be willing to let Williams leave them for only a nominal fee.
However, unless his contract is terminated, he would be unable to leave until the transfer window re-opens in January.
United youngster George Willis has been named in the England under-17 squad for the forthcoming UEFA qualifier against Bosnia.
United reserves lost 1-0 away against Stoke City yesterday.