Preston North End have completed three signings this week – and Alex Neil may be hoping to keep one of them permanently.

The Lilywhites swooped on Tuesday evening to secure the signing of midfielder Jayson Molumby, who arrived on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion until the end of the season.

Molumby provides a fine midfield option at a time when the futures of Ben Pearson, Alan Browne and Daniel Johnson are up in the air, and he already has Championship experience.

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The 21-year-old played 36 league games on loan at Millwall last season, starring with the Lions before heading back to Brighton over the summer.

First-team football has been hard to come by for Molumby, and Brighton have allowed Molumby to head out on loan once again for first-team football.

What about a permanent move though? London News Online reported earlier this week that Millwall made a club-record bid for Molumby, but Brighton snubbed the bid.

Preston boss Alex Neil has now told Lancs Live that he thinks Molumby will be a ‘very good player’ for North End, and actually wanted him permanently in the first place.

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Neil added that he hopes a permanent move is possible in the summer, even if other ‘vultures’ may now be looking to sign him off the back of his Preston showings.

“I think Jayson will be a very good player here and my initial instinct was that I wanted to do it permanently,” said Neil. “I would like to have got Jayson on a permanent but that wasn’t to be the case.”

“Yeah I hope so. And I think it will give him an opportunity for him to look at us too, but the danger you always run with that is there will be vultures lurking in the background if he does extremely well. But we’ve got him in on a loan deal, he’s looking forward to playing and let’s see how he gets on,” he added when asked about looking into a permanent deal this summer.

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