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Report: Hearts start talks for pre-contract agreement with Preston man Josh Ginnelly

According to the Edinburgh Evening News, Preston winger Josh Ginnelly has held talks with Hearts over turning his loan move permanent.

It’s claimed that initial discussions have been held with Ginnelly, though there is ‘no rush’ to get a deal done any time soon as Joe Savage plots an agreement.

Ginnelly is inside the final six months of his Preston deal, meaning he can now sign a pre-contract agreement with a non-English club.

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The 23-year-old has impressed since heading to Hearts on loan for the season, bagging four goals in eight games during his time at Tynecastle.

It’s pretty clear that Ginnelly has no future at Preston, having only ever made one first-team start for North End – and that was at left back in a Carabao Cup tie against Hull City in August 2019.

Preston are unlikely to offer Ginnelly a new deal even having impressed at Edinburgh, and a permanent move to the Scottish Championship side seems best for all parties.

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That plays into what Hearts want, and is likely why they aren’t rushing to strike a deal, as their pre-contract agreement plans are under little threat.

It maybe would have been nice to see Ginnelly given more of a chance at Preston, but he seems to be enjoying himself in the Scottish capital, and a long-term stay now appears to be on the cards.

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