Jonathan Osorio wants to join an English club and he has made an interesting move by partnering up with an agent who supports Preston North End.

The start of the World Cup is just days away and the attention is now shifting to Qatar with domestic action coming to a halt.

Whilst much of the focus will be on the big nations but there are some interesting stories elsewhere.

One of them is Canada, who are making their first World Cup appearance since 1986.


Led by an English coach in John Herdman, Canada have channelled the qualities of stars like Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David to qualify for the group stage.

Taking on Belgium, Croatia and Morocco won’t be easy but Canada will be looking to cause a few shocks.

One player really looking to impress is midfielder Jonathan Osorio.

The Sun report that Toronto midfielder Osorio is looking to shine in Qatar in order to land himself a move to England.

It’s noted that Osorio has now signed with an English agent in Matt Higgins – and he is a big Preston North End fan.

Higgins, whose Twitter handle ‘nycnorthenders’ displays his love for North End, has posted photos with Osorio having secured the rights to represent the midfielder.

With Osorio chasing an English move and PNE fan Higgins now representing him, would the Canadian make sense for North End?

Osorio turns 31 next summer, meaning he maybe wouldn’t be considered to be a long-term option for PNE.

Still, Osorio has been very adaptable with Toronto, playing centrally and out wide.

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The most impressive thing about Osorio is his goalscoring ability. In 23 games for Toronto in the 2022 MLS season, Osorio bagged nine goals as well as four assists.

Osorio even managed 17 goals in one season back in 2018 and has been a consistent performer for Toronto.

North End may not have a dying need for a midfielder but with Daniel Johnson and Ryan Ledson both out of contract in the summer, it’s still an area that needs looking at moving forward.

Osorio’s ability to make a difference in the final third means he could be a good fit in an attacking midfield role should Ryan Lowe go back to his 3-4-2-1 system at any point.

Add in that Osorio is out of contract in December and can move for free and this may not be the worst pursuit for PNE.

The GBE Calculator suggests that Osorio would fall short of a work permit in England but he will hope that the World Cup can help push him over the threshold.

This isn’t a rumour at all and just exploring Osorio’s situation, but it would now be more of a surprise if he wasn’t offered up to PNE than if he was.

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