According to Football Insider, Preston have opened talks to sign Everton teenager Anthony Gordon on loan until the summer.
It’s claimed that North End’s local rivals Blackburn Rovers have also asked about a deal for Gordon as the two sides look to strike a deal before Monday’s deadline.
Early talks are thought to be underway, with Gordon desperate for minutes having endured something of a difficult season.
The 19-year-old has played just 88 minutes of Premier League football this season, and may feel that he needs a loan move in order to progress.
Would a move to Preston make sense? Well, Alex Neil has admitted that he would like to sign another winger, feeling that North End are short in wide areas.
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Gordon is quick and tricky, primarily playing in from the left flank where he can cut inside on his right foot, and his fleeting displays for Everton have shown he is a bright player.
The loan situation could be a problem here though. North End already have three players on loan right now, and another one is on the way in Cardiff City defender Greg Cunningham.
Clubs are allowed to name a maximum of five loan players in matchday squads, but signing Gordon would leave Preston without a loan spot for a new centre back, which is also a priority.
Blackburn have already taken Jarrad Branthwaite on loan from Everton, and may now look to use that existing rapport with the Toffees to try and beat Preston to Gordon’s signature in a late-window push.