Preston North End have been impressed with Tom Cannon and want to bring the Everton striker back on loan again next season.

That’s according to The Sun, who claim that PNE are targeting a full season-long loan deal for Cannon this summer.

Cannon joined PNE on loan in January and scored his first goal against Wigan Athletic last weekend.

The 20-year-old is currently in his first loan spell away from Everton and needs first-team experience.

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PNE are offering that right now and whilst there have been games where Cannon has maybe struggled against more experienced defenders, we have also seen Cannon put in plenty of effort and offer a turn of pace.

Cannon has been earning real praise of late.

Hull City boss Liam Rosenior was really impressed with Cannon and PNE’s Ryan Lowe hailed him for a ‘fantastic’ goal against Wigan.

You can certainly understand why Lowe may fancy bringing Cannon back for another year.

Yet PNE’s hopes ultimately rest on the verdict of Everton boss Sean Dyche.

Cannon was loaned out to North End before Dyche replaced Frank Lampard as Everton manager.

Dyche will therefore want a close look at Cannon this summer – especially considering Everton’s striker problems.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin seems to be permanently injured at this point whilst Neal Maupay has really struggled in an Everton shirt.

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Ellis Simms has talent but doesn’t quite seem ready for Premier League action and it may well be a similar case for Cannon.

Dyche wants to know for sure though and another factor here is Everton’s Premier League status.

The Toffees are in a battle against the drop and if they do head into the Championship, Dyche may want to keep Cannon around.

That means PNE face a wait to find out whether Cannon will be allowed to return to Deepdale for next season.

Having been through a similar situation with Cameron Archer last summer, North End fans won’t be counting any chickens here.

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