Preston North End fans will have to wait for the debut of new boy Liam Grimshaw following the midfielder’s arrival from Manchester United.
The 20-year-old has a date in the operating theatre this week to repair a minor knee injury which showed up during the medical ahead of the transfer.
PNE decided to go ahead with the deal for a player they clearly rate highly, despite the delay they face in playing him.
They see the few weeks he faces on the sidelines as minor in the grand scheme of things, Grimshaw having put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half contract.
He has joined for an undisclosed fee, this the third deal done with the Red Devils this month.
Ben Pearson signed last week, with Sam Johnstone coming on loan at the start of January.
Another piece of business to secure goalkeeper Johnstone for longer is one North End now desire.
Grimshaw is a player who they have tracked closely for a while, both in United’s junior teams and during his recent loan spell at Motherwell.
His form with the Steelmen and his potential persuaded them to do a deal now, the injury not putting them off.
It was an injury shown up in the medical he underwent last week which caused the delay in getting the transfer completed.
News of Preston’s interest came into the public domain after Motherwell manager Mark McGhee revealed his efforts to keep the player in Scotland had been unsuccessful.
North End were already in talks with United by then and it was hoped the deal would be done late last week.
However, the results of the medical meant PNE wanted more time to consider their position.
Grimshaw comes from a football family, his uncle, Chris Grimshaw, having played for Accrington Stanley.
After completing the move, he said: “I have been at Manchester United a long time, but I am ready to move on and make a career for myself.
“I have really enjoyed my time at Motherwell and I would like to thank them for giving me the opportunity to play every week.
“It is a great club and I really enjoyed it there. The loan move has really benefitted me.
“This is a chance to get my career going.
“It is great to be back home in Lancashire and I am looking to get settled and start to kick on with my career.”
North End are pleased to be getting a player who has the pedigree of coming through United’s youth system but has gained first-team experience.
Pearson was in a similar boat, having been on loan at Barnsley before coming to Deepdale.
PNE boss Simon Grayson said: “When good players become available, you make your move.
“People might think, ‘Do you need another midfielder?’
“Well, yes we do, but Liam can also play right the way across the back four.
“He is another good addition to the squad.”
Grimshaw has been given the No.31 shirt.