Scunthorpe are poised to win the race for Lyle Taylor.
The Sheffield United centre-forward had been expected to join either Partick Thistle or Falkirk before the start of the new campaign after failing to command a place in Nigel Clough’s starting 11.
But with Sam Winnall possibly leaving Glanford Park despite helping Scunthorpe win promotion from League Two last term, manager Russ Wilcox believes Taylor can fill the void created by the 23-year-old’s departure.
With United making a new striker their top priority in the transfer market, Clough informed Taylor he could leave Bramall Lane soon after completing a spell on loan with Partick Thistle.
Aged 24, Taylor was signed for United by Clough’s predecessor, David Weir, having netted 29 times for Falkirk during the 2012/13 Scottish Championship campaign.
He scored twice in 22 outings and Clough allowed him to return to Scotland midway through last season.
Peter Swann, the Scunthorpe chairman, confirmed his club had been negotiating with several players and that an agreement was close “with one”.
That, as reporters in the region were later briefed, is Taylor who is set to become Wilcox’s third capture of the close season.
Winnall, who started his career at Wolves before moving to Lincolnshire in 2013, scored 23 goals in 49 appearances as Scunthorpe finished second behind Chesterfield.