It’s been a crazy month at Deepdale, with a staggering 16 deals completed during the January transfer window.
Preston have brought in eight players and let eight move on in what has bene one of the busiest transfer windows in recent memory.
Here’s a rundown of every deal North End completed in this transfer window…
Jayson Molumby: Signed from Brighton
Snapped up on loan, Molumby was the first January addition. The Irishman has looked decent in his first few games for North End, quickly becoming an important player for Alex Neil.
There may be hope for a permanent deal at the end of the season, but the 21-year-old is clearly highly-rated at Brighton and will just be looking for a strong season half of the season.
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Ched Evans: Signed from Fleetwood Town
Preston’s most controversial move of the month came with the signing of striker Evans, whose off-field history and availability from a League One side in Fleetwood Town divided fans.
We haven’t seen much of the 32-year-old so far, and he wasn’t even brought on against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon despite North End needing a goal.
Daniel Iversen: Signed from Leicester City
With Declan Rudd injured for the rest of the season, Preston swooped to bring in a new goalkeeper, landing Iversen on loan from Leicester until the summer.
Iversen has impressed so far, particularly with a fine display against Reading, and many would no doubt love to see the Dane sign permanently this summer.
Ben Whiteman: Signed from Doncaster Rovers
Preston’s only permanent signing of the month came with the arrival of Whiteman, as North End paid a seven-figure fee to lure the Doncaster Rovers captain to Deepdale.
Whiteman has shown his quality very quickly, with his composure and passing range catching the eye as he adjusts rapidly to life in the Championship.
Josh Harrop: Loaned to Ipswich Town
After four incomings, it was time for some departures. Playmaker Harrop headed on loan to League One side Ipswich Town in desperate need of playing time, having barely featured this season.
Harrop has sadly fallen victim to the global pandemic so hasn’t been able to make his debut yet, but he will be desperate to get going at Portman Road before returning to Deepdale.
Jayden Stockley: Loaned to Charlton Athletic
Striker Stockley followed Harrop out of the exit door, also heading to League One as he joined Charlton until the end of the season – and we believe the move could become permanent.
Stockley was pushed down the pecking order with the arrival of Evans, and will now look for a run of starts with the Addicks – something he never really got with Preston.
Ethan Walker: Loaned back to Carlisle United
There are high hopes for teenage winger Walker, and a loan to League Two with Carlisle at the start of the season seemed sensible, but he picked up an injury that curtailed his impact.
The 18-year-old was recalled in January, featured on the Preston bench and then headed back to Carlisle for the rest of the campaign, where he will be looking to shine.
Greg Cunningham: Loaned from Cardiff City
Preston decided to add a new left back last week, but it was an old face as Cunningham rejoined the club on loan until the end of the season, when his Cardiff contract expires.
Cunningham was a North End favourite for three years following a 2015 move from Bristol City, but found life difficult with Cardiff. He made his second Preston debut against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and is playing for a permanent contract at Deepdale.
Ben Pearson: Sold to Bournemouth
The big exits started on Friday as midfielder Ben Pearson left the club for Bournemouth in a seven-figure move, having made it clear that he wouldn’t be signing a new contract with the club.
Pearson has been nothing but sensational for North End, so it’s something of a surprise to see him join another Championship club, but Preston knew they needed to take the money before left for free, whilst Manchester United took a cut of the fee.
Darnell Fisher: Sold to Middlesbrough
Right back Fisher left on the same day, joining Championship rivals Middlesbrough in a surprise deal worth just £300,000, ending three-and-a-half years at the club.
Fisher had been a key player for Neil ever since his 2017 move from Rotherham United, but wasn’t being offered a new deal. He made his Boro debut against Norwich City on Saturday and won the Man of the Match award.
Josh Earl: Loaned to Burton Albion
With Cunningham returning to the club and Andrew Hughes back from injury, left back Earl needed to go out on loan and play first-team football until the end of the season.
Earl clearly has potential but needs regular action to develop, and heads to League One for the third time having joined Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town last season.
Ben Davies: Sold to Liverpool
The big deal of deadline saw Preston hit the headlines having sold star centre back Ben Davies to Liverpool in a deal worth just £1.6million and a 20% sell-on clause.
Davies was another player who could have walked away for free this summer, but he has now earned a staggering move to the Premier League champions – few can really begrudge him that having been with Preston from the age of 11.
Liam Lindsay: Loaned from Stoke City
With Davies gone, Preston needed to find a replacement; a left-footed centre back who could slot into Davies’s role in the side and progress the game from the back.
North End went with Lindsay, rescuing him from his Stoke hell. The Scot hasn’t played for a year having fallen out of favour under Michael O’Neill, and will now be desperate to win a permanent move once his loan spell ends this summer.
Sepp van den Berg: Loaned from Liverpool
Lindsay wasn’t the only centre back to arrive on deadline day, as Preston also snapped up Dutch youngster Van den Berg on loan until the summer, landing him as part of the Davies deal.
The former PEC Zwolle talent hasn’t played a Premier League game this season and needs match action, which could now come with North End.
David Nugent: Loaned to Tranmere Rovers
Some may have forgotten that Nugent was even still at Preston; he hasn’t been registered for the squad this season and subsequently hasn’t played a single game.
The 35-year-old’s deal ends this summer, and he has now joined Tranmere until the end of his deal – meaning he has truly kicked his final ball for Preston after all.
Anthony Gordon: Loaned from Everton
Preston left it to late to finalise their last deadline day deal, beating the cut-off to sign Everton winger Gordon on loan until the end of the season – just how North End plan to juggle seven loans remains to be seen!
19-year-old Gordon is one of the most exciting additions though, having shown promise and quality with Everton, and he should provide a spark to North End’s struggling attack.