SHEFFIELD United are poised to hold high level talks with Leicester City over extending Paul Gallagher’s stay at Bramall Lane, The Star understands.
The 28-year-old forward, who can be deployed on either flank or up front, is set to make his penultimate Blades appearance at Leyton Orient this weekend.
Signed initially on a one-month loan deal from the Championship promotion contenders, Gallagher’s short-term contract expires after the trip to Notts County in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy next Wednesday.
Gallagher, capped once by Scotland, has started five times since moving to United on a temporary basis, contributing two assists and a goal.
He scored in the dying minutes at Hartlepool United in midweek to extend the Blades’ unbeaten run in League One to 10 matches.
United manager Danny Wilson has said he would like to retain Gallagher’s services, although he has stressed there is no rush over finalising his contractual situation.
Gallagher has helped fill the midfield void left by Stephen Quinn, who joined Hull City just before the August transfer deadline.
Of his match-winning strike at Victoria Park, Gallagher said: “I always knew I could score goals.
“I have been desperate to get on the scoresheet. I hope it is the first of many.”
He added: “But it isn’t about me achieving personal targets; it is about the team winning and thankfully we achieved that at Hartlepool.”
Buoyed by the result at struggling Hartlepool, Wilson’s side head to Leyton Orient on Saturday aiming to secure a third win on the bounce on their travels.
United’s development squad, meanwhile, take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough next Tuesday, kick-off 7pm. It was orginally scheduled for Monday.