PNE sign goalkeeper Lindegaard on loan

Sam Johnstone is beaten for Brentford's opening goal
Sam Johnstone is beaten for Brentford's opening goal
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Preston North End have signed West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard on loan until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old will replace Sam Johnstone who is returning to Manchester United at the end of his 28-day loan.

North End boss Simon Grayson revealed that PNE had attempted to buy Johnstone this week but United rejected their offer as they want him back at Old Trafford.

Lindegaard, who has five international caps for Denmark, joined West Bromwich in the summer after a five-year stay at Manchester United during which he made 19 appearances.

Grayson said: “We got told on Thursday night by Manchester United that there was no way we could anything with Sam in terms of a loan signing.

“We tried to buy him but they said no to that too.

“With some of the contacts we have, we made enquiries and we were really pleased that Tony Pulis at West Brom agreed to let Anders come to us for the rest of the season.

“There is no recall clause, he is here right the way through until the end of the season and available for every game.

“We had to protect ourselves as a club to make sure we had another goalkeeping option.

“It is a shame that Sam is going back, he is a fantastic keeper who we would love to have at the club.

“We did as much as we did to try and secure him but United are in the position of not wanting to let him go.

“In Anders, we have now got an experienced goalkeeper who has played international football, played in the Premier League and been at ione of the biggest clubs in the world.

“He is excited about coming and he will enhance this club.”

Johnstone made the final appearance of his loan spell in North End 3-1 defeat to Brentford at Deepdale on Saturday.

Jake Bidwell gave the Bees the lead with a free-kick, Adam Reach levelling within a minute.

The visitors regained the lead through Alan Judge just before the interval, with a deflected John Swift goal sealing victory for Brentford.

With the scoreline at 2-1, Paul Huntington hit the bar with a header while a Joe Garner shot was pushed on to the bar by Bees goalkeeper David Button.

Garner also saw an effort ruled out for offside.