Harvey Gilmour, the Sheffield United youngster, could join Tranmere Rovers on loan after impressing for them on trial against Liverpool earlier this week.
Gilmour played just under half an hour for Tranmere against a strong Liverpool side on Tuesday evening, with the Reds prevailing 3-2.
The United youngster also caught the eye with a 45-minute cameo in United's 5-1 friendly win over Stocksbridge Park Steels last Friday, and Blades boss Chris Wilder revealed afterwards that he plans to send some of the club's younger players out on loan this season, including Regan Slater and Rhys Norrington-Davies.
“We’re looking to get Regan and Rhys out on loan,” Wilder confirmed.
“We try and do that with our good young players. “But we need them here with us for the next few weeks. “So, until then, they’ll be staying here with us.”
Rovers boss Micky Mellon told the Wirral Globe: "We had a lot of trialists out there. We are short of bodies – there’s no doubt about that. I've got to be honest and say at this moment in time as a football club we maybe don’t have the ability finances-wise to do much at the minute.
"We have to be patient and wait for that opportunity to come. We know we need more players but it's the Football League now. We haven't struck oil here.
"We have to be very careful with our finances and at the minute I'm a wee bit hands tied in order to try and bring players in, but I'm assured that's going to change in the next couple of weeks because we're well short of bodies.
"We need to get the numbers up so that when the transfer window shuts we can survive until Christmas.
Tranmere website Rovers Rearguard wrote on Gilmour's display: "His energy as a box-to-box midfielder could really appeal to Micky Mellon.
"Gilmour was introduced midway through the second half last night and helped Soukouna force an error from Camacho and James Milner to create Rovers’ second goal. He’s likely worth a second look."
Meanwhile three United players, John Lundstram, Simon Moore and Paul Coutts, will miss tonight's game against Maritimo due to injury.
Wilder's team face the Portuguese at Estádio Municipal da Bela Vista this evening, after beginning their pre-season preparations with a win over Stocksbridge Park Steels last week.
But midfielder Lundstram (hamstring) and goalkeeper Simon Moore (thigh) are both set to watch the match from the stands while Coutts has been granted further time to recover from the broken leg he suffered during November's win over Burton Albion.