According to The Scotsman, Preston winger Josh Ginnelly could be heading to Scotland with Heart of Midlothian.

It’s claimed that Hearts want to add pace to their side this summer, with Robbie Neilson looking to engineer an immediate return to the Scottish Premiership.

Ginnelly is one player they want to provide that speed, and the Edinburgh club have allegedly wanted Ginnelly for some time.

Josh Ginnelly (17) of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Preston North End at the City Ground, Nottingham on Saturday 31st August 2019. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


The report notes that Ginnelly has just one year left on his contract at Deepdale, but Preston may only let him leave on loan.

That would be a surprise, as Ginnelly would be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with Hearts come January, meaning landing any fee now should be appealing.

The 23-year-old joined Preston from Walsall in January 2019, but has only made nine appearances for North End.

WIGAN, ENGLAND – APRIL 22: Preston North End’s Josh Ginnelly is all smiles before kick off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Preston North End at DW Stadium on April 22, 2019 in Wigan, England. (Photo by David Shipman – CameraSport via Getty Images)

He joined Bristol Rovers on loan in January, and looks unlikely to play any sort of role at Deepdale having failed to appear in pre-season games.

Getting Ginnelly off the books to help Alex Neil bring in new recruits could be ideal, and heading to Tynecastle for regular first-team football should appeal to the wide man.

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