Clarke would 'fit in really well' at Iron
Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill faces competition from former club Bury as both clubs chase the signature of defender Nathan Clarke.
The Telegraph understands it is the Iron who are in pole position to land the centre-back, who was released by Huddersfield Town this summer after 300 appearances.
And should Clarke make the move to Glanford Park he has been backed to be a big success.
"I don't think Scunthorpe fans would be disappointed if he does sign for them," said Stephen King, chairman of the Huddersfield Town Supporters' Association.
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"He's an honest, hard-tackling centre-half who always gives 100 per cent.
"He's not a big-time Charlie.
"He's a genuine hard-working pro.
"I think he'd do well at Scunthorpe. It's a family-oriented club like Huddersfield.
"I'm sure he would fit in really well."
Although a great servant at Town since his debut in 2001, Clarke has played only once for the club in the last two seasons.
He spent the second half of last term on loan at Bury, having previously had spells with Oldham and Colchester, and Shakers boss Ritchie Barker was keen to make the move permanent.
"He's a good player. It's just one of those things, it didn't work out for him at Town," King added.
"He's been out on loan and had a bit of bad luck with injuries.
"But in terms of service to Huddersfield, he's been absolutely spectacular.
"It's just been unfortunate for him that players who've come in have been further up the pecking order.
"I'd be delighted to see him get fixed up with a club."
United have however, lost out on striker Jon Parkin.
The Yorkshireman, who scored six goals in 14 appearances while on loan at Glanford Park last season, has signed for Fleetwood Town.
Knill had hoped to sign Parkin on a permanent basis this summer, but his wage demands proved a stumbling block.