Manchester United will send Demetri Mitchell out on loan with Hearts ready to offer the 21-year-old more first team opportunities.
The 21-year-old will gain experience in the Scottish Premiership after not featuring in a single matchday squad under Jose Mourinho.
A regular with the Under-23, United have now decided to loan the player in order to further his development.
Having featured for four separate England youth teams, right up to the Under-20s, United are eager to fast-track him into senior football now, having only made one appearance for United.
Mitchell is expected to become the second U23 regular to head out on loan this month after James Wilson joined Championship club Sheffield United.
Mitchell has started all 13 of United’s Premier League 2 fixtures this season at left-back or on the left wing and will now provide an option for Hearts manager Craig Levein, report the Manchester Evening News.
“We do need speed in the wider areas, that’s for sure,” Levein said. “We need a left-back and other things as well.”
United have cooled their interest in signing a left-back due to an improvement in the resurgent Shaw’s attitude and application over the last month. Mourinho and his staff will monitor his progress between now and the end of the season before deciding on Shaw’s future.
The club will continue to monitor Tottenham’s Danny Rose, having also shown interest in Celtic youngster Kieran Tierney and Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon.
A left-back is not regarded as a priority for United in the January transfer window and the M.E.N. revealed Mourinho covets a central midfielder and a winger.
Mitchell could make his debut in the Edinburgh derby against Hibernian in Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie.