Right-back position was a top priority for PNE

Marnick Vermijl
Marnick Vermijl
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Preston North End’s signing of Marnick Vermijl has seen them complete their priority shopping in time for Sunday’s Championship opener against Middlesbrough.

Right-back Vermijl joined the Lilywhites on a season’s loan from Sheffield Wednesday yesterday.

He is Simon Grayson’s sixth piece of incoming business this summer, joining Jermaine Beckford, Paul Gallagher, Will Keane, Greg Cunningham and Jordan Pickford.

After getting Beckford and Gallagher secured on full-time deals early in the close season, PNE boss Grayson put a keeper, two full-backs and a striker on his wanted list.

With three weeks still to go to the close of the transfer window, there could be more business done.

The loan market will also be open from early September until late November.

But for now, Preston have filled the positions they saw as immediate priority.

They got the Vermijl deal over the line after a busy few days of negotiations.

It was close to being done last Friday but a problem at the Wednesday end saw things put on hold.

Talks resumed earlier this week with PNE and the player both keen to make the move a permanent one.

However, the Owls would only do a loan and the deal got agreed yesterday afternoon.

Vermijl said: “I’m really happy that it’s finally been completed.

“I heard a long time ago that Preston were interested.

“I wanted to play regular football and this club was the right choice for me.

“Every talk I’ve had with the people here at Preston, I just felt at home straight away and forme that’s really important, so I’ve made the right choice.”

Vermijl, 23, only joined Wednesday in February from Manchester United.

After starting his career with Standard Liege, he moved to Old Trafford in 2010.

The defender had a brief taste of United’s first-team in September 2012 when he started a Capital One Cup win over Newcastle.

United loaned him to Dutch side NEC Nijmegen for the 2013/14 campaign, with him playing 28 games for them.

North End’s interest in the Belgium Under-21 cap has been there all summer.

Grayson did try and land Tendayi Darikwa to fill the right-back slot but saw him join Burnley instead.

“We were made aware that Marnick could be available right at the start of the summer,” said Grayson.

“At the time it didn’t look like we could do a deal, so as people are well aware we looked at other options.

“In football things change quickly and despite the complexities of a deal that has been on and off, we are delighted to get it done.

“He had a fantastic upbringing at United, learning and developing from the best players and staff in the world before his move to Sheffield Wednesday.”