Manchester United striker Charlie McNeill is the latest talent being linked with a January loan move to Preston North End.
PNE are in desperate need of attacking additions.
Cameron Archer has picked a move to Middlesbrough over PNE whilst Emil Riis, Seani Maguire and Troy Parrott are all out injured.
Ched Evans has picked up a knock too, leaving manager Ryan Lowe – a striker in his playing days – desperately short of options in the final third.
Premier League talents are being linked with loan moves to Deepdale given that Lowe is unlikely to move for permanent additions.
Brighton’s Evan Ferguson was suggested before his rise into the first team whilst Everton’s Tom Cannon appears to be a prime target.
Bobby Clark and Elliot Anderson have been linked, but they are more like attacking midfielders, with Lowe focusing on a striker.
Cannon may well arrive but the seemingly serious injury to Riis means PNE may need another – and Manchester United ace McNeill is being suggested.
90Min report that Manchester United are open to loaning out McNeill and and PNE are interested.
It’s stated that Millwall, Blackpool, Barnsley and Ipswich Town are also interested in McNeill as United look to get him some game time.
Who is Charlie McNeill?
McNeill, 19, was previously on the books of Manchester City before joining United for an initial £750,000 in 2020.
McNeill has been highly-regarded in the United ranks and smashed 17 goals in 32 games across all competitions last season, adding seven assists too.
This season has been a little trickier for McNeill though, as he has scored just once in 12 Premier League games.
The teenager has made his first-team debut for United, coming off the bench to play against Real Sociedad in the Europa League in September.
McNeill may now need to test himself in senior football and PNE may look to reunite him with current United loanee Alvaro Fernandez.
McNeill looks to be an exciting talent but PNE’s focus on loans looks set to leave a massive job this summer.
Riis could be out for some time, Evans is out of contract – though we understood an extension is a real possibility – and Maguire looks set to leave on a free transfer.
McNeill and Cannon would join Parrott in being on loan, with all three only temporary additions until the summer.
Fans would love to see a permanent striker addition soon, even if McNeill would mark another promising loan addition.