A midfielder being touted as a future Premier League player less than 12 months ago is today poised to join Rotherham United on loan.
Luke Hyam is finally ready for action after injuring his knee while appearing for Ipswich Town last January.
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy is anxious for his man to be given game-time and the Millers look to have won the battle for the 24-year-old’s signature.
Hyam, who came through the ranks at Portman Road and made his debut under Roy Keane, has played 111 times for the Tractor Boys.
He was attracting interest from the top flight before his rise came to an abrupt halt against Southampton in a 1-0 FA Cup defeat on January 14.
Rotherham are set to announce the deal before the loan window shuts at 5pm today.
There had been reports that it was due to close yesterday, but the rule is that business can be done up to and on the fourth Thursday of November.
Hyam’s capture will be a significant boost for the Millers as they look to build on last Saturday’s first win under new boss Neil Redfearn, a 1-0 victory at Leeds United, which lifted them off the foot of the Championship table.
The combative central midfielder had returned in pre-season but suffered a setback and underwent surgery.
He played for Ipswich’s under-21 side against QPR last week and now needs senior outings to regain his match sharpness.
Rotherham entertain Bristol City on Saturday as they bid to further close the gap on the clubs above the drop zone.
“It’s a nice little psychological boost being off the bottom,” said Redfearn.
“We’ve just got to make sure we stay in with the pack until we can strengthen again.
“If we can stay in with the pack and strengthen again, we can start picking up more points and start moving away.”
It took Redfearn seven games to record his first three-point haul, but his first six matches had all been against teams now in or around the top 10 and the Millers manager knew it was a case of holding his nerve.
“It’s been frustrating more than anything,” he said. “I know how football works. As you get older, which is a sad thing to say, you get perspective. I didn’t get too down on it.
“The type of sides we’ve been playing have made it a tough run of games. At Leeds we played a side were were probably capable of beating, and we did.
“There will be a few more ups and downs, but I think, as a group, if we can replicate that performance then we’ve got a good chance.”