Sheffield United have asked Liverpool for permission to extend Conor Coady’s loan on a short-term basis, writes James Shield.
The proposal, which is being considered by Anfield officials ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup fixture at Aston Villa, would see the midfielder remain with Nigel Clough’s squad until the end of the month before his situation with the League One club is once again reviewed.
Coady, who is eligible for selection against Paul Lambert’s side, arrived at Bramall Lane during the close season after being signed by Clough’s predecessor David Weir.
He made his 22nd appearance of the campaign when United were beaten in controversial circumstances by Walsall two days ago.
Clough, who later revealed his players were “disgusted” by some aspects of referee Lee Collins’ performance, faces an anxious wait before discovering if centre-forwards Jose Baxter and Chris Porter have been ruled-out of the third round tie at Villa Park.
Confirming Stephen McGinn had also “taken a knock” during the fixture with Walsall, Clough said: “They both rolled their ankles. We’ll see how they are but there are others who are ready to come in if not.”
Clough, who must also decide whether to extend Simon Lappin’s loan from Cardiff City, was referring to former Crewe Alexandra striker Shaun Miller who replaced Baxter at the Banks’s Stadium.
Lappin’s position has been complicated by the fact that, unlike Coady, his agreement must comply with legislation governing emergency transfers.
The former Norwich City utility can not feature against Villa.