Luton Town have confirmed that Rhys Norrington-Davies has been recalled by Sheffield United – with Stoke City primed to swoop.
Michael O’Neill has identified the 21-year-old left-back as competition for summer signing Morgan Fox, who is out with a hamstring injury until at least the end of January.
Norrington-Davies has been impressing under Nathan Jones at Luton but has only completed 90 minutes twice since early December and Sheff Utd – who tied him to a long-term deal last month – have exercised a recall option.
A statement from Luton said: “We can confirm that Rhys Norrington-Davies’ spell at Kenilworth Road has come to an end after his parent club Sheffield United recalled him from loan.
“The 21-year-old, who made his full Wales debut earlier this season after some impressive performances for the Hatters, has returned to the Premier League side with immediate effect.
“Norrington-Davies made 22 appearances during his four-month spell in Bedfordshire, helping the Town to an excellent start in the Championship, a run to the third round of the Carabao Cup and into the FA Cup fourth round.
“We thank Rhys for his efforts and wish him well for his future career.”
Stoke have already brought in winger Rabbi Matondo on loan from Schalke and hope to complete a deal for Alfie Doughty, who would then be expected to be sent back on loan to Charlton for the rest of the season.