According to the Daily Star, Preston are keen to take Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher on loan.
Kelleher, 20, actually started out with Ringmahon Rangers in Ireland, a club North End have links with. Alan Browne came through there, as did fellow midfielder Adam O’Reilly.
Kelleher got an immediate big move to Liverpool though, and has been coming through the Liverpool ranks since 2015. This season, Jurgen Klopp has decided to give him a chance in the Carabao Cup.
After a strong debut against MK Dons, Kelleher was picked to face Arsenal in midweek. The Irishman did leak five goals in a bizarre 5-5 draw, but was then the penalty hero as he saved a spot kick from Gunners midfielder Dani Ceballos.
Kelleher won’t exactly be pushing Alisson for the number one spot at Anfield any time soon, and with Adrian as the backup, Liverpool may look to loan Kelleher out.
It’s now believed that North End want to take Kelleher on loan for the second half of the season, potentially giving him the playing time he needs at this stage in his development.
Declan Rudd still has his critics and seems to bring anxiety into his defence, whilst Connor Ripley hasn’t really had a shot since arriving from Middlesbrough in January.
Bringing in a Premier League youngster with limited experience would be a gamble. Sheffield United managed to win promotion with Dean Henderson between the sticks, but he had three prior loan spells before that.
Kelleher would be coming in as an untested rookie, and whilst finding another goalkeeper in January should be a priority, Kelleher would be a big gamble.