Preston North End may have hope of signing Tom Cannon on loan after Everton secured their Premier League safety.
The Toffees had their date with destiny on Sunday afternoon, hosting Bournemouth on the final day of the Premier League season.
Sean Dyche’s men had their fate in their own hands – beat Bournemouth and stay in the Premier League.
Things got a little nervy when Leicester City took the lead against West Ham United, but Everton got the job done.
Abdoulaye Doucoure’s superb goal handed Everton a 1-0 win, sending Leicester and Leeds United down alongside Southampton.
Everton have now had two narrow escapes from relegation and Dyche will be desperate to avoid another scare next season.
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Everton simply must sign new strikers this summer and that will give PNE hope of luring Tom Cannon back to Deepdale.
The Toffees would surely have kept hold of Cannon for next season had they suffered relegation to the Championship.
Cannon has already proven himself to be a major goalscoring threat in the Championship after firing eight goals in 20 appearances on loan at PNE.
Everton going down would have ended North End’s hopes once and for all but there is now a small glimmer of hope.
North End desperately need striking options this summer and Cannon will be target number one.
The 20-year-old may not quite be ready for Premier League action just yet, especially if he ends up starting games like Ellis Simms did this season.
PNE will be praying that Cannon’s successful loan this year will make a return to Deepdale the top choice if Everton loan him out again.
This may be another Cameron Archer situation though; the Aston Villa striker excelled at PNE but ended up going on loan to Middlesbrough instead.
There is at least some hope for PNE though with Everton surely considering loaning Cannon out again after securing Premier League football for another year.