Non-league side Hastings United has said on their official club website that promising youngster Adam Lovatt nearly completed a January transfer deadline day move to League One side Sunderland, only for the EFL to fail to sanction the deal in time.

Sunderland nearly completed a deal to sign Hastings United starlet and former Leeds United trialist Adam Lovatt, the non-league side has said on their official club website.

The club stated on Wednesday that young midfielder Lovatt nearly completed a move to the League One side on deadline day, but the EFL did not sanction the deal in time for it to be completed.

“In fact the Club had reached agreement with Sunderland AFC for the sale of Adam Lovatt on the last day of the latest transfer window but unfortunately the transfer could not be finalised due to difficulties in getting Adam’s medical completed before the window closed and without the medical the EFL did not have it in their power to rubber stamp the proposed transfer.”

The club’s statement went on to add that since his return to Hastings, Football League clubs have continued to watch the midfielder and admitted that he could move on at the end of the season.

Lovatt joined Championship side Leeds United on trial before the turn of the New Year, when a host of sides in both the Premier League and Championship were interested in making a possible move. However, a move failed to materialise and he returned to the Bostik League side.

The youngster made his breakthrough into the Hastings United side last season after making his way through the academy and has continued his strong performances throughout this season, earning him a trial with Leeds United.