Bury have confirmed talks are ongoing with West Bromwich Albion to sign midfielder David Worrall on a permanent basis.
Worrall, who previously left Bury for the Baggies in 2007, has spent the first half of the season back on loan at Gigg Lane.
His deal expired after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Grimsby Town and Shakers boss Alan Knill revealed discussions are taking place regarding a permanent arrangement.
"It was David's last game, but I think we are close to a deal with David and we are close to a deal with West Brom to take him permanently," said Knill.
"We are trying to get it sorted out soon. We've spoken to David and for me he is a young player with a lot of potential, and I am sure that we can make him better.
"Getting David to agree to terms is not the easy part though, that's how it is these days, but like I do with everybody I will tell him the truth and what we think we can do for him."
The 19-year-old, who has made just one substitute's appearance for West Brom, admitted he is looking for a permanent exit from The Hawthorns.
Worrall told the club's official website: "We've been talking and I am in the club this week talking about a contract and we will see where it goes from there.
"I'm looking for a permanent move because West Brom have agreed with me that I can leave so it's a case of looking for the right deal for me."