Preston North End are allegedly closing in on signing Everton striker Tom Cannon – and he comes with a big recommendation from David Unsworth.

North End are enduring some terrible luck in the final third.

Emil Riis looks set to miss a significant amount of time whilst Troy Parrott and Seani Maguire are still out injured.

Ched Evans now has an injury too and top target Cameron Archer has decided to join Middlesbrough instead.

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PNE have turned their attention to Tom Cannon with the Everton youngster seemingly heading for Deepdale.

The Sun’s Alan Nixon claims that North End have clinched Cannon’s signature, beating Sheffield Wednesday to a loan deal.

Cannon arrives having really impressed in the Everton ranks.

The 20-year-old has bagged seven goals in 11 Premier League 2 games this season, as well as five goals in five EFL Trophy games.

Cannon has now made two Premier League appearances for Everton and will hope for big development at North End.

We can only imagine that chief scout James Wallace – a former Everton youth player himself – has played a key role in this deal.

PNE boss Ryan Lowe has publicly admitted his admiration for Cannon, telling the Lancashire Evening Post that Cannon is a ‘fantastic talent’.

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Another fan of Cannon is David Unsworth, the former North End coach.

Unsworth, now managing Oldham athletic, served as Everton Under-23 boss and saw Cannon’s rise at Goodison Park.

Unsworth told Everton’s official website in 2022 that Cannon is so good at doing the hardest thing in football – scoring goals.

The former PNE coach felt that other areas of his game needed improving at that time but North End have been crying out for a natural goalscorer – and if Unsworth is right, they may just have found one.

“We all know about Tom’s goalscoring, he does the hardest thing in the game, he puts the ball in the back of the net,” said Unsworth. “We just need to get the other areas of his game up to speed and he’s done so well this year. He’s developed at a really fast rate and we’re all delighted for him,” he added.

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