Sheffield United are close to agreeing a deal to extend the loan of Leicester City midfielder Dean Hammond until the end of the season, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.
Hammond joined Sheffield United on an emergency loan in October initially until January after finding himself out of favour at Leicester.
The 32-year-old made just one appearance for Leicester prior to his loan move to Bramall Lane with the midfielder well down the pecking order in Claudio Ranieri's plans at the King Power Stadium.
Hammond has made 16 appearances in all competitions for Sheffield United since his arrival at the club and Blades boss Nigel Adkins is keen to keep hold of the experienced midfielder to help their bid for promotion from League One.
Adkins is a huge admirer of Hammond, having made him captain of Southampton during his time in charge at St Mary's and the pair enjoyed success together winning promotion from League One to the Premier League with the Saints.
Leicester are willing to extend Hammond's loan as he is unlikely to figure in their plans for the rest of the season and Sheffield United are hopeful of tying up the deal soon.