Peterborough United are preparing to let striker Nicky Ajose go out on loan just three months after splashing out £300,000 to sign him from Manchester United.
Scunthorpe look to have beaten League One rivals Bury to the signing of the 19 year-old. Ajose enjoyed a successful loan spell at Bury last season when they were managed by current Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill.
Ajose started the first match of the season for Posh, but was substituted early on after picking up a hamstring injury. He has not made an appearance since, but has played in two reserve team friendlies in the last fortnight.
Posh director of football Barry Fry said: “I have agreed a deal with Bury for Nicky to go back there on loan, but Nicky has not made up his mind yet as Scunthorpe are also interested in him.
“”We are prepared to let him go because he needs some games. We don’t have enough reserve team matches and with only five substitutes now allowed we can’t guarantee him any action, especially as we have a fortnight off because of an international break soon.
“If Nicky does go on loan we will have a recall clause inserted.”
Ajose scored 13 goals for Bury when helping them to promotion from League Two last season. The player’s agent suggested last night that he was more likely to join Scunthorpe.
Posh also loaned out David Ball to League One side Rochdale last month despite his three goals in the first two games of this season.
The emergence of Paul Taylor and the capture of Emile Sinclair has given Posh stiff competition for places up front. Sinclair scored twice on his full debut in the 2-1 Championship win over Burnley last Saturday so can expect to keep his place for Saturday’s eagerly-awaited League trip to West Ham.
Posh will be big underdogs to get a result at Upton Park, but first-team coach Mark Robson insists they can as long as they can silence the home crowd.
Robson, who made over 50 appearances for The Hammers in the early 1990s, said: “The supporters at Upton Park can really create a fantastic atmosphere. They are second to none when they are behind you, but they can turn if the football is not to their liking and the result is going against them.
“It’s up to us to go there and play our own football and try and silence them a bit. I think the Hammers fans will appreciate the football that we play.
“We like to get it down and pass it around and we are playing well at the minute, so I am sure they will like our style.
Posh have sold over 2,200 tickets for the all-ticket trip to West Ham. Posh have an allocation of 3,000 tickets and they will be on sale at the London Road Box Office until 4pm tomorrow.
STAMFORD AFC are keen to entice Posh season-ticket holders to the Premier Kitchens Arena on Saturday. They are offering discounted admission for their Evo-Stik Division One South clash against Brigg Town. Entry is £6 for adults and £4 for concessions upon production of a Posh season-ticket book.