The January transfer window opens in just a couple of weeks now, and Preston may have some signings in mind.

A goalkeeper and a left back could be in mind for Alex Neil and co, but a striker should be the priority. With Louis Moult injured and Seani Maguire playing out wide, Preston are maybe a striker short.

Jayden Stockley and David Nugent have been carrying the load well of late, but one more striker could give Preston a real boost for the second half of the season.

Rhian Brewster of Liverpool celebrates. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)


On Saturday, the Daily Mail claimed North End want Kilmarnock striker Eamonn Brophy. Now, The Telegraph suggest that Preston are in the race for Liverpool attacker Rhian Brewster.

Swansea City are thought to the favourites, but Preston are claimed to be keen on a loan deal. Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town are also mentioned as potential suitors.

Brewster, 19, would be an exciting addition. He may have only made two first-team appearances for Liverpool, but he has shown potential with five goals in nine games in the Liverpool development setup this season.

His record of 20 goals in 23 games for England’s Under-17’s catapulted him into the limelight, but injury problems stunted his development. Now, with little chance of playing first-team football, it may be time for him to go out on loan.

Rhian Brewster of the England Under-21’s. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

North End may be able to offer Brewster first-team football, and it’s interesting to see Preston linked with another Liverpool talent. The Daily Star recently suggested that Liverpool loan manager Julian Ward visited Deepdale for talks about a loan move for goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.

The LEP suggest that Kelleher isn’t a target, which leaves the question; if the initial reports were true, why was Ward at Deepdale if not to discuss Kelleher? You could look at these recent reports and suggest that the Irishman may have been something of a smokescreen, in an attempt to beat the strong competition for Brewster’s signature.

That would be quite the swerve from North End, one which would be hugely exciting even if its likelihood is up for debate. Still, landing the striker in January would be an impressive coup for Preston, and he’s a name to keep an eye on for January.

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