One of the very few highlights of Preston’s dismal season has been the form of goalkeeper Daniel Iversen. Brought in to cover for the injured Declan Rudd, the Dane has been a revelation since January. There’s no doubt he has won points on his own and he will be in demand in the summer.
Leicester City are likely to loan him out again with their number two Danny Ward having signed a contract extension recently. However Iversen will probably have some more attractive propositions in England and further afield than Preston North End.
Rudd was having a decent enough season before his injury but it has been felt for a while that another ‘keeper should be brought in to provide him with some serious competition. If the new manager does look for another option here are three goalkeepers who could be available to do a good job between the posts.
If it’s experience Preston are looking for then Tom Heaton ticks that box. Currently the back up to Emiliano Martinez at Aston Villa, the 35-year-old’s contract is set to expire in the summer. Whilst Villa may yet want to keep him on, Heaton could move for regular game time. Martinez has been a great acquisition and Heaton has little chance of displacing him.
A regular in the Championship and Premier League throughout his career, the former Burnley, Bristol City and Cardiff City custodian also has three England caps to his name. Wages may be an issue, but at this stage of his career Heaton may be wanting more regular game time. Something he is unlikely to get in the Premier League right now.
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An almost carbon copy of the above. Experienced in the top two leagues at the age of 34, Hennessey will also be out of contract in the summer when his deal with Crystal Palace expires. He currently finds himself as third choice there behind Vicente Guaita and Jack Butland. Unlikely to attract interest from the Premier League unless as a homegrown back up option, Hennessey presents a viable option for the Championship. Again Preston would need to pay sizeable wages, but with no transfer fee involved a compromise could be reached.
With 95 caps for Wales, Hennessey would provide valuable experience to the backline and has been part of a promotion winning squad with Wolverhampton Wanderers previously.
Whilst the Uwe Rosler rumours continue to linger, Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper could be one to watch. Kastenmeier first came to prominence when he stepped in for Zach Steffen who was on loan from Manchester City last season when Düsseldorf were in the Bundesliga.
After making his way up through the lower leagues in Germany, last season after making his debut in the league he had the fourth highest amount of saves per game amongst all Bundesliga ‘keepers. In that season he made an impact in the last minute of a quarter final cup tie at the other end of the pitch. He made his way forward for a corner and provided an assist for a late equaliser. He then went on to save a penalty in an ultimately unsuccessful penalty shootout.
The 6’3” German is also known for his distribution, being able to pick out a pass with superb accuracy. At just 23 years-old it would be a great investment for Preston. With Düsseldorf set for another season in Bundesliga 2 he could be tempted by a move to Preston and he wouldn’t have to break the bank.