Former Bolton striker Gary Madine is set to sign on loan for Sheffield United according to the BBC.
Madine, who left Bolton for Cardiff last January, has been out of favour in the Welsh capital for some time.
Therefore, it was always likely that Madine would be loaned out elsewhere this transfer window.
However, the last place many would expect the target-man to end up would be Sheffield United.
It’s well-known among fan circles that Madine made several illicit comments about Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp when the two clubs were playing in League One.
On top of that is the fact that Madine played for United’s local rivals Sheffield Wednesday before his move to Bolton in 2015.
It’ll take a huge effort from the former Bolton man to win over fans at Bramall Lane.
Don’t forget though, that Madine was hardly the most popular player among fans when he first joined Wanderers. But he was seen as indispensable when he left.
It’s a surprise that Bolton didn’t go in for Madine’s services themselves. Bolton were the lowest scorers of all 92 clubs in the Football League in 2018.
However, with reports from the BBC of a registration embargo being placed on Bolton it could explain why Madine hasn’t returned to his old club.
Meanwhile, Bolton are set to host Walsall in the FA Cup this weekend, what we wouldn’t give to have Madine back at Bolton for that.
What do you make of Madine’s loan move?