Ipswich Town striker Nathan Ellington to join Scunthorpe United on loan
Scunthorpe United have begun the process for life without Leon Clarke by agreeing a deal to bring in Nathan Ellington on loan.
Ellington is expected to join the Iron for a month inside the next 24 hours, ending manager Brian Laws' search for experienced strike cover.
United will hope Ellington can have a similar impact to that of Clarke, who has been a revelation since moving to Glanford Park in early September.
Clarke has scored 10 goals in just 12 appearances, with last weekend's brace at Coventry City moving him level with Tranmere's Jake Cassidy at the top of the League One scoring charts.
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But he has just four more games of his loan spell remaining and will return to Charlton Athletic after the home game against Bournemouth on December 8.
With the window for loan signings closing next Thursday, Laws had been looking to bring in a replacement for Clarke to take them through to January.
Former Wigan Athletic and Watford front man Ellington, 31, is that man.
He joined Ipswich in the summer of 2011, but has managed just three starts and 16 substitute appearances for the Tractor Boys and is reported to have had moves to another of his old clubs Bristol Rovers, and Notts County, blocked during the summer.
Ellington last featured for the Ipswich first team at the end of September, but you have to go back to January 7, and an FA Cup clash at Hull City, for his last start.
Although his career has stagnated in recent years, he was prolific during a successful three-year stint at Wigan, which saw him move to West Brom for £3 million.