Manchester United youngsters Dylan Levitt, Ethan Galbraith and Matej Kovar could follow Teden Mengi out on loan before the transfer deadline.
The young United quartet have all been subject to loan interest this January, though the club are yet to decide whether to sanction temporary moves for some of them.
MEN Sport understands two of the four could depart on deadline day with centre-back Mengi very likely to join Wayne Rooney’s Derby on loan.
There has also been Championship interest in central midfielder Levitt, who was recalled from a stint with League One outfit Charlton this month.
Czech goalkeeper Kovar, who was recalled from a loan stint with Swindon this month, looks more likely to remain with the Under-23s. And midfielder Galbraith could also stay with Neil Wood’s reserves squad.
The duo started United’s entertaining 6-3 victory over rivals Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, though Mengi and Levitt did not. The Derby deal for Mengi is pending finalisation but is expected to go through early on deadline day.
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Manchester United missed multiple chances to beat Arsenal on Saturday evening, drawing 0-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford were culpable of squandering opportunities, as United now sit three points off league leaders Man City having played a game more.
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Under-23s boss Wood admitted in the summer that United would not stand in the way of players who would benefit from first team experience away from Old Trafford.
“I think if they’re not going to be around the first team, then the natural next step is to go out on loan, so they can show how good they are,” Wood said.
“It wouldn’t be right to keep them in the 23s for another season just to bolster the squad, or because we’ve gone up a league and we’ll be playing tougher opposition. It wouldn’t make sense to hold them back in their careers.”
United have been active this month in trying to find players new opportunities out on loan. James Garner and Tahith Chong have both been found new loan clubs, with the former switching from Watford to Nottingham Forest and Chong — who struggled for chances at Werder Bremen — heading to Belgian side Club Brugge.