Preston North End have snapped up Liam Millar around six months since first targeting a deal for the Basel winger.
PNE left it late but managed to bring in two international attackers before the transfer deadline on Friday night.
The first arrival was Montenegro striker Milutin Osmajic, who completed a big move from Spanish side Cadiz.
Osmajic has signed a four-year deal at PNE with North End making a significant investment in the 24-year-old.
North End then announced the signing of winger Liam Millar about half an hour later, taking him on a season-long loan deal.
Millar returns to English football having previously been in the youth ranks of both Fulham and Liverpool.
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The Reds sold Millar to Basel in the summer of 2021 after loan spells with Kilmarnock and Charlton Athletic.
A Canadian international who featured at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Millar arrives to add some pace and trickery to the final third.
This looks like an exciting signing for PNE and it’s one that has been on Ryan Lowe’s mind for a long time now.
Speaking to PNE’s official website, Lowe admitted that talks to bring Millar to Deepdale actually started six months ago.
Lowe noted that Millar met with PNE in March to discuss a potential loan deal and everything seemed to be in place.
‘The goalposts changed’ according to Lowe, meaning North End had to wait until the very last day of the summer window to finally get MIllar on board.
This deal has been one that PNE have waited a long time for and Lowe is now confident that Millar will be worth the wait after a summer of patience.
“We met with Liam back in March regarding him coming on a loan deal this season and we had a lot of things in place, but then the goalposts changed a little bit,” said Lowe. “Ever since we knew he was available, though, he’s one who’s been high on our radar.
“I watched Liam as a young boy when he was at Liverpool and I’ve kept an eye on him since he moved on. He’s had a couple of fantastic seasons in Basel playing European and international football, so he comes with great pedigree.”
“He can play anywhere across the top end of the pitch, so we’re really excited to have him because he’s going to be a breath of fresh air for us,” he added.