Preston North End are reportedly keen on Newcastle United talent Elliot Anderson and could ‘try their luck’ in the January window.

We’re now into 2023 and you know what that means – the transfer window is taking centre stage once again.

PNE head into the winter market with Ryan Lowe needing a couple of additions and Premier League loans could be the target.

Aston Villa’s Cameron Archer, Liverpool’s Bobby Clark and Brighton’s Evan Ferguson have all been linked of late.

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Now it’s Anderson, with The Chronicle reporting that PNE fancy taking Anderson on loan this month.

It’s suggested that Luton Town and Sheffield Wednesday are all keen on Anderson too, with Newcastle yet to decide on letting him go.

Eddie Howe is a big fan of Anderson but he has played just 97 minutes of league action this season and PNE could offer a great temporary home.

Who is PNE target Elliot Anderson?

Anderson, 20, was born in Whitley Bay, a name that will leave PNE fans of a certain age in cold sweats.

The grandson of a former Newcastle United ace in Geoff Allen and a graduate from the famous Wallsend Boys Club, it felt like fate that Anderson would end up playing for the Magpies.

12 first-team appearances for Newcastle isn’t bad but it’s at Bristol Rovers where Anderson really started generating hype.

Anderson spent the second half of last season on loan at Bristol Rovers, scoring eight goals in 21 appearances for Joey Barton’s side.

Barton was so impressed that he compared Anderson to Diego Maradona as he helped the Pirates clinch promotion to League One.

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Where would Anderson play for North End?

Anderson could be viewed as a great fit for when Lowe wants to play a 3-4-2-1.

The Scotland youth international has spent plenty of time playing as a winger and as an attacking midfielder.

Lowe may see Anderson as a player who can add a creative spark to the North End side in the final third, supporting Ched Evans or Emil Riis in attack.

Anderson could play in a midfield three, offering a creative option if Lowe goes with a 3-5-2.

You can see how that flexibility could be very valuable to Lowe but whether Howe and Newcastle will actually let Anderson go out on loan is another matter.

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