TRANMERE Rovers are locked in discussions with Sheffield Wednesday over extending Liam Palmer’s loan deal, The Star can confirm.
The Worksop-born player was farmed out to Rovers in the summer to further his football education.
He has featured prominently for the Merseyside club, who are joint top of League One with Doncaster Rovers ahead of their trip to Sheffield United tomorrow.
Palmer has excelled alongside James Wallace in central midfield and established himself as a key figure in their promotion charge.
The 21-year-old is set to return to Hillsborough on January 4.
But Rovers boss Ronnie Moore has told The Star he is confident of retaining Palmer’s services for the remainder of the 2012/13 season.
“We are just waiting on Dave Jones [the Sheffield Wednesday boss] to comeback to us and let us know whether we can keep Liam longer,” said Moore.
“We are hoping to keep him until the end of the season but I know Liam is trying to sort out a new contract there.”
“His allround play has been outstanding for us,” he added. “He is so energetic and gets up and down great. He just needs a goal.”
Over the last two seasons, Palmer has played more than 30 senior matches for Wednesday, scoring once. He admits he is unsure where he will be playing next month.
“I don’t think anything has been decided yet,” he said. “The loan is up after the game at Bury on New Year’s Day. So I have five more games for Tranmere and that is all I’m concentrating on.”