BURTON Albion are set to sign Manchester City starlet Adam Drury on a month’s loan — after agreeing to lend out striker Justin Richards.
Both players could be involved in FA Cup third round ties tomorrow if the paperwork can be completed in time.
Brewers boss Gary Rowett hopes to include 19-year-old Drury in his squad to face Leicester City, while Richards could spearhead Oxford United’s attack against Sheffield United after agreeing to move to the Kassam Stadium on a month’s loan.
Drury has been tracked by the Brewers for several weeks and captains City’s development squad.
Rowett said: “He is a highly-regarded player and we have have worked really hard to get him in for a month.
“He can play anywhere on the right and hopefully he will give us the option we have been looking for in that area.
“He’s got pace, he’s a good trainer and he’s a good character.
“Hopefully the paperwork will be completed in time for Adam to be involved in some capacity at Leicester.
Oxford boss Chris Wilder moved for Richards are losing the services of James Constable because of a four-match suspension.
The 32-year-old frontman had a previous loan spell at Oxford from Kidderminster Harriers in 2008.
He has barely featured for the Brewers this season and Rowett said: “I’m sure Justin will benefit from going out on loan to get some games under his belt.”
Richards has scored only one goal this season after being limited to four starts.
He will not be allowed to play for Oxford against the Brewers in a re-arranged League Two game at the Kassam Stadium on January 29.