Oldham Athletic are looking to land David Unsworth’s second signing, after having a bid accepted on the eve of his first home game in charge.

The identity of the player has not yet been revealed, but The Oldham Times understands it is Scunthorpe striker Joe Nuttall, with The Iron open to offers for some of their prized assets amid administration fears after a potential buy-out fell through earlier this month.

The player had not had a medical at the time of going to writing, or agreed personal terms, so it was unclear whether Latics were in a position to finalise the deal in time for tomorrow’s visit of Wrexham.

But, regardless of whether this particular deal gets over the line or not, Unsworth has been encouraged by the board’s willingness to back him in the transfer market as he looks to put his own stamp on the squad he inherited, having made John Rooney his first signing earlier this week.

The goalscoring midfielder, who is the brother of former Everton, Manchester United and England striker Wayne, completed his move from Barrow earlier this week, signing a two-year deal with the option of a third.

And with no transfer window in the National League, Unsworth has set his sights on strengthening his squad further.

“John will be a big player for us. He is a great signing for us, and we are hoping to h

ave another before the weekend,” said Unsworth.

“For a new manager coming in not having a transfer window is great - like the old days - and the board have been really supportive in what I have asked for.”

Latics have also extended the loan deal for young Stoke City defender David Okagbue, who has impressed in his first taste of senior football.

The 18-year-old was named the sponsors’ man of the match on his Oldham debut at home to Chesterfield earlier this month.

Okagbue had initially signed a youth loan until September 28, which would have originally included five fixtures, but the trip to Boreham Wood was postponed along with football at all levels following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the defender’s call-up to Republic of Ireland Under 19s squad meant he missed Saturday’s game at Bromley.

Okagbue has been on international duty since Unsworth’s appointment at Boundary Park, and the new boss is eager to have the youngster back in the fold.

“I’m looking forward to working with David. I’ve heard lots about him and I have seen a few videos of his performances, but everyone starts with a clean slate for me and I am keen to form my own opinions about David and all of the players,” said Unsworth, who also has Harry Vaughan available following his stint with Ireland’s U19s.

“I’m looking forward to working with Harry. I know he’s a fans’ favourite.

“Both the lads have come back with a clean bill of health.”

Latics have had a packed treatment room in recent months, but Unsworth says that is showing signs of easing.

“Some of the lads are 50-50, but what I don’t want to do is let them come back and have them break down again,” said the Latics boss.

“When they come back I want them back for good, so we won’t be rushing anyone.”