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Exclusive: Preston pushed to sign Sheyi Ojo on loan before deadline

Preston have been chasing a deadline day deal for Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo today.

This has been a quiet deadline day for North End and fans have been left frustrated at a lack of business being done.

Preston have though been working diligently throughout the day in an effort to sign an attacker and missed out on one to a Championship rival earlier today.

North End hoped to have a breakthrough tonight though as Deepdale Digest understands that Liverpool winger Ojo was a potential signing this evening.

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The 24-year-old is nowhere near the Liverpool first team, and Goal reported last week that the Reds want £5million for his signature.

That just hasn’t happened despite interest from abroad, and Preston were hoping to win the race with a loan deal.

Goal’s Neil Jones has added this evening that two Championship clubs are in talks with Liverpool over a loan for Ojo, and we understand that Preston were one of them.

The move isn’t completely dead at the time of the last update we received, but the added competition is a problem.

Relations between Preston and Liverpool are already strong after Ben Davies joined the Reds in January and Sepp van den Berg penned not one but two loan deals with North End.

That may help Preston swoop in and land Ojo later tonight, after he recorded five goals and seven assists on loan at Cardiff City last season.

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Primarily a right-sided winger who cuts inside onto his left foot, Ojo is skilful and has great ability to beat a man 1v1 – something not many Preston players provide.

North End also don’t have many left-footers in the squad right now and Ojo could bring some balance to the squad.

There will be question marks over where Ojo – a pure winger and not a striker – would fit in given that Frankie McAvoy mostly plays a 3-4-1-2 system.

Still, Ojo can provide real quality to the side and Preston seemingly have him on their list of targets.

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