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Alan Nixon claims Liam Linday could soon join permanently after Ridsdale comments

Preston were busy on transfer deadline day, adding three new loan signings – which has presented a problem in itself.

Liam Lindsay, Sepp van den Berg and Anthony Gordon all joined until the end of the season, bolstering Alex Neil’s squad.

However, that now means that Preston have seven loanees in their squad, and Neil would face some tough decisions as things stand.

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EFL clubs are only allowed to name five loanees in a matchday squad, meaning Preston would have to leave two players out.

Daniel Iversen, Greg Cunningham, Jayson Molumby and Ched Evans are also on loan at Deepdale, but the situation could change soon.

Advisor Peter Ridsdale has told BBC Radio Lancashire that, by the time Preston face Rotherham United this weekend, the intention is not to have seven loanees.

Preston can turn any loanee’s deal permanent outside of the transfer window, and journalist Alan Nixon has been asked about which players could be staying.

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Nixon tweeted that centre back Lindsay looks likely to sign permanently, having arrived on loan from Stoke City on deadline day.

Lindsay, 25, is completely out of favour at Stoke and hasn’t played for more than a year, falling out of Michael O’Neill’s plans with the Potters.

Signing Lindsay permanently would make sense given that Ridsdale suggested some loan deals were just about getting players in the door before turning their moves full-time.

Lindsay joined on deadline day and is unwanted at Stoke, so that move would certainly make sense – and as a left-footed centre back, getting him on board as Ben Davies’s permanent replacement does seem sensible.

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