Sheffield United will unveil Paddy McCarthy as their latest new signing this morning, The Star can confirm.
The Crystal Palace defender, who is poised to make his debut at Chesterfield tomorrow, travelled to South Yorkshire last night after agreeing to join on a month long emergency loan.
However, sources close to Selhurst Park, where former United manager Neil Warnock took charge five weeks ago, have indicated the arrangement could be extended until January if it proves a success.
The Premier League club are also thought to be subsidising a significant portion of McCarthy’s wages for the duration of his stay with Nigel Clough’s side.
United are known to have fought off competition from a host of Championship clubs to secure the 31-year-old’s services.
McCarthy, who started his career at Manchester City before representing Leicester City and Charlton Athletic, has also been capped by the Republic of Ireland at under-21 level.
He has made two appearances for Palace, both in the Capital One Cup, for Palace since August.