With just a few weeks until the transfer window shuts for clubs in Leagues One and Two, Shaughnessy is running out of time to secure a move away from Elland Road.
Clearly, the former Reading youngster is not part of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans after making just a single appearance for Leeds since the Argentine took over during the summer of 2018.
According to Leeds Live, cash-strapped Bolton Wanderers are interested though it remains to be seen if Shaughnessy is willing to join a crisis-hit club who started the season with an 11-point deduction and lost 5-2 to Rochdale in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Burton, who are one of the promotion favourites with Clough at the helm, perhaps represent a far greater opportunity although it seems the door is now closed on a potential move to the Pirelli Stadium.
"We have had chats about Conor," said the former Derby County boss. "A few weeks ago with Leeds, we nearly did something but we just needed something different.
"We knew we were taking maybe Ryan Edwards (who joined from Hearts in July) and we needed a midfielder more than a defender.
"We don't envisage adding anybody at the moment, we are happy with the squad that we've got if they can all get fit."
As it stands, Shaughnessy is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Either the 23-year-old stays at Leeds and spends the next few months out of action or he drops down to League One in a potentially doomed attempt to sort out Bolton’s sieve-like defence.
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