Oldham Athletic are set to complete the signing of defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season, a report from Football Insider has claimed.
Borthwick-Jackson spent the first half of the season on loan with Tranmere Rovers, but was recalled by United earlier this month after making just six appearances in all competitions for the League One side.
According to the latest reports, Borthwick-Jackson has been training with Oldham for the past few weeks, having found himself someway down the pecking order following his return to Old Trafford.
It is now thought that United have agreed to a deal for the 22-year-old to remain at Boundary Park on loan until the end of the season.
Having broken into United’s first-team as a teenager back in the 2015/16 season, Borthwick-Jackson made 14 appearances in all competitions that season for the Red Devils, but hasn’t played for the club since, instead spending time out on loan with the likes of Wolves, Leeds, Scunthorpe and Tranmere.
The defender’s deal latest anticipated loan move with Oldham until the end of the season would keep him at the club all the way through to the end of his current contract with United, and although they do have the option of extending that deal by a further 12 months, that is something that is said to appear unlikely.
Oldham are currently 18th in the League Two table with 29 points from 28 games this season, and are next in action when they travel to local rivals Salford City – who ironically are co-owned by Manchester United’s Class of ’92 – on Saturday afternoon.
This looks as though it could be a decent signing for Oldham.
Despite the fact that things haven’t quite worked out for him at Old Trafford, his experience with a club such as Manchester United suggests Borthwick-Jackson does have the potential and ability to compete at League Two level with the Latics.
Indeed, with his future beyond the end of this season seemingly far from certain, you imagine the defender will have to play to the very best of his capabilities to attract any potential suitors for next season.
That is something that is likely to benefit Oldham, and it will be interesting to see if they themselves are keen on a longer-term deal for the 22-year-old come the end of the season, which will be some form of indicator as to just how he has performed in the second half of the season.