Middlesbrough defender Baptiste set for Sheffield United

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HITC Sport understands Middlesbrough defender set to join League One hopefuls on loan.

Middlesbrough defender Alex Baptiste is poised to join Sheffield United on loan, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Baptiste is now back to full fitness after recovering from a broken leg he picked up in pre-season.

The versatile defender suffered the double leg fracture on his debut in a pre-season friendly with York City in July.

As a result Baptiste has yet to feature for his new club since joining Middlesbrough last summer from Bolton Wanderers.

Baptiste has recovered from the injury sooner than expected and he has featured in two Under-21s games for Middlesbrough in recent weeks.

The 30-year-old has completed 90 minutes in the games against Leicester and Sunderland and his return to fitness has alerted a number of clubs.

Middlesbrough are willing to loan out Baptiste so that he can get some valuable first-team action under his belt before returning to challenge for a place in Aitor Karanka's side.

A number of clubs have enquired about signing Baptiste on loan, but Sheffield United are in pole position to land the experienced defender.

United boss Nigel Adkins is thought to be a big admirer of the defender and sees him as a valuable addition to his plans as he looks to get their promotion bid back on track.

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