Preston picked up a third signing of the January window on Thursday, adding Leicester City goalkeeper Daniel Iversen on loan until the end of the season.
The Dane could be first-choice stopper at Deepdale with Declan Rudd now unavailable with a knee injury, though he wasn’t involved against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
A debut could come against Bristol City on Saturday, and here are some interesting bits of information about Preston’s new goalkeeper…
Brentford wanted him
Brentford have been the gold standard when it comes to recruitment and transfer activity in recent years, and the Bees were looking to add Iversen to their Danish contingent in 2019. Sky Sports reported that Brentford had an approach for Iversen rejected, having picked him out as a candidate to replace Daniel Bentley. They signed David Raya instead, but even knowing that the Bees thought so highly of him just 18 months ago is a major seal of approval.
EFL analysts loved him
Iversen went on loan to Rotherham United last season, and played a key role in helping the Millers win promotion to the Championship. We’ve covered what Rotherham fans think of him, but what about the pundits?
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When it comes to the EFL, George Elek and Ali Maxwell have been leading analysts for some time now, and they picked Iversen in their League One Team of the Year for The Athletic last season.
“It’s unfortunate for this tall, blond Danish goalkeeper that there is another one of them blocking his route to parent club Leicester City’s first team, as all evidence suggests Iversen has the talent to be a future Premier League No 1. Assured in all he does, Iversen is a commanding presence whose shot-stopping ability has been key to Rotherham’s good season thus far, making 58 saves from shots taken inside their penalty area — third most in the division,” they said.
Making the jump to Championship standard will be a challenge for Iversen, but this is again another sign of how highly-rated the 23-year-old is right now.
Preston have been interested for over a year
Preston haven’t really had an opening in goal, with Declan Rudd and Connor Ripley on board, but North End have been tracking Iversen for a while. Alex Neil confirmed on Thursday that Iversen has been on the wish list for well over a year, and having Mike Pollitt on board – who worked with Iversen at Rotherham – only added to the interest. Let’s hope that the long-term pursuit now pays off for Preston.