Preston continue to be linked with a new goalkeeper ahead of the January transfer window – and one name keeps cropping up.

North End have Declan Rudd between the sticks, but he has been a little shaky at times and is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning a new stopper may well come in

Cameron Dawson and David Cornell have both been linked, but the strongest rumour right now appears to be with Liverpool’s Caoimhin Kelleher.

The speculation started last month, with North End allegedly interested in the Irish youngster. Further reports emerged just a couple of weeks ago, claiming that Liverpool were willing to send Kelleher to Preston as long as they were given assurances about his playing time.

Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool celebrates saving a penalty against Arsenal. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Now, the Daily Star suggest that Preston are another step closer to a deal. It’s claimed that Liverpool loan manager Julian Ward made a personal trip to Deepdale last week, with Preston trying to sell themselves to the Reds.

Ward allegedly likes to visit clubs ahead of sending youngsters on loan, so his trip to Deepdale suggests a move could happen. It is though dependent on how much playing time Preston can promise.

Kelleher, 21, is regarded as a big talent at Anfield. He started in the Carabao Cup against Arsenal earlier this season, and saved a key penalty from Dani Ceballos to send Liverpool through.

Schooled at Ringmahon Rangers just like Alan Browne and Adam O’Reilly, Kelleher needs first-team football, and these reports suggest it may just come at Preston.

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