Iron hope for Hobbs deal
Scunthorpe close on Liverpool defender
By Peter Fraser. Last Updated: January 24, 2008 3:59pm
Hobbs: Possible loan move
Scunthorpe hope to seal a loan deal for Liverpool defender Jack Hobbs ahead of Saturday's Championship clash with Burnley.
The Iron are looking to bring in defensive reinforcements as they bid to avoid a return to League One and they are set to secure Hobbs until the end of the season.
And Hobbs is expected to be keen on a move to Glanford Park following Liverpool's record defensive signing of Martin Skrtel from Zenit St Petersburg.
Hobbs has recently enjoyed a place in Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez's first team following injuries to Daniel Agger and Sami Hyypia.
However, the £6.5million capture of Skrtel and the impending return to fitness of Agger are expected to limit the 19-year-old centre-back's opportunities at Anfield.
Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins is also keen to add defensive cover to his ranks following West Brom's decision to recall on-loan defender Shelton Martis.
Hobbs began his career at Lincoln before making a move to Merseyside on his 17th birthday in 2005 and he has made five appearances for Liverpool since that time.