Sheffield Wednesday are one of the clubs beaten by West Bromwich Albion to the signing of Saul Shotton, according to The Daily Mail.
Shotton became a free agent after Bury’s expulsion from the English Football League last month and can therefore join another club outside of the transfer window.
It is claimed that Wednesday, Derby County and Preston North End all offered deals to the 18-year-old centre-back, who will continue his career with West Brom instead.
Shotton is said to be due to sign a two-year deal with the Baggies later this week.
A former Stoke City trainee, it is possible that geography played a part in Shotton’s decision to join West Brom.
He made six appearances for Bury, four of which came under the former Sheffield Wednesday striker Ryan Lowe.
It is likely that he would have joined the Owls’ Under-23 side initially, with Tom Lees, Julian Börner, Dominic Iorfa, David Bates and Jordan Thorniley all currently jostling for first-team places at Hillsborough.
Shotton could face Sheffield Wednesday as a West Brom player later this season.