Loan deals on the cards at PNE

Jermaine Beckford has signed a loan deal at North End

Jermaine Beckford has signed a loan deal at North End

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Simon Grayson is hoping that Preston North End’s victory over League One leaders Bristol City can be followed-up with more business in the loan market ahead of Thursday’s deadline.

The Lilywhites completed the loan signing of Bolton striker Jermaine Beckford late last week and managed to secure Saturday’s 1-0 win at Ashton Gate without needing to call him off the bench.

A midfielder is high on their shopping list, while there could be movement out of Deepdale to create space in the squad.

PNE manager Grayson told the Evening Post: “There might be some going out and if some do go we might be able to get another one or two in.

“I have always had the backing of the people above me and I was again grateful late last week to be able to get Jermaine Beckford in.

“If we didn’t get anyone in before Thursday, I still think we have a really good squad which can take us through to the January window.

“I said last week that anyone we sign would be the icing on the cake of this squad.”

The Beckford loan was first mooted during a chat which Grayson had with his former Leicester team-mate Gary Parker who is now on Neil Lennon’s coaching staff at Bolton.

Other targets had been looked at but Grayson jumped at the chance to work with Beckford for a third time.

He said: “When you look at all teams who want to be top of any division, they need players who can damage the opposition.

“We got the option to bring Jermaine in late last week.

“That was something no one expected given who he is and where he has come from. I have worked with him a couple of times before and I jumped at this opportunity as I know what he can do.

“He is the type of player who needs an arm around him a lot but you look at his goals record and that is why we have signed him.

“Jermaine ideally doesn’t play up front on his own, he can do it but a lot of his success has been up there alongside someone else.

“He will play plenty of games for us, we have him until the end of the season which shows our intent – we want players of his calibre.

“The loan came about when I was talking to my friend Gary Parker and Neil Lennon about a few things.

“They asked if I fancied taking Jermaine having worked with him before, so it was on the off-chance we got him here.”

Beckford looks likely to make his PNE debut against Oldham at Boundary Park in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tomorrow night.

That is a game Joe Garner could miss having limped out of Saturday’s win at half-time, Kevin Davies summoned from the bench ahead of Beckford to replace him.

Said Grayson: “Joe landed a bit awkwardly and took a knock on his shin. Hopefully it is not too bad.

“Joe was desperate to play on but we didn’t want to take any silly risks with him.

“Big Kev came on in his place, I could have thrown Beckford on if I wanted to and that shows the options we have got up there.”