Well, it’s less than a month until the January transfer window opens, and Preston are being linked with yet another goalkeeper.

That has been the recurring theme in the lead-up to January. Liverpool’s Caoimhin Kelleher has been strongly linked, whilst Sheffield Wednesday’s Cameron Dawson is another name touted for a move to Deepdale.

Declan Rudd has been decent of late, but Alex Neil may still feel that he needs a top quality goalkeeper – especially with Rudd out of contract at the end of the season.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 19: David Cornell of Northampton Town in action during the Sky Bet League Two match between Northampton Town and Salford City at PTS Academy Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

The latest name linked is that of Northampton Town’s David Cornell. Pete O’Rourke claims Preston are battling for his signature, with Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough also keen.

Cornell, 28, came through the Swansea City youth ranks, before leaving for Oldham Athletic in 2015. He spent just one year there before being replaced by current Preston goalkeeper Connor Ripley, heading to Northampton Town.

Cornell has enjoyed a strong spell with Northampton over the last year or so, and is now one of League Two’s top goalkeepers. His contract expires next summer, meaning the Cobblers may risk losing the Welshman in January.

David Cornell of Northampton Town. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Cornell could be a bargain signing for Preston, but whether he’s an upgrade on Rudd or Ripley is another matter. His form in the fourth-tier has been strong, which makes him a candidate for North End.

Yet at almost 29, some may not be convinced by Cornell. Having been replaced by Ripley once in his career already, is he an upgrade on Preston’s second choice, never mind first choice? That’s a decision for Alex Neil and co to make, with Cornell turning in strong performances in League Two this season.

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