Preston North End are set to complete the signing of Manchester United midfielder Liam Grimshaw, who has spent this season on-loan at Motherwell.

Reports in Scotland suggest that the 20-year-old was recalled from his spell with the Scottish Premiership side so that he can sign for the Lancashire outfit.

Grimshaw has been a key part of the Motherwell side, making 16 senior appearances in both the Scottish League and Cup this season, helping out with one assist.

Manchester United is a club that Preston often look to, having previously taken Will Keane and Sam Johnstone from the Premier League giants.

The Scottish Sun quotes Motherwell manager Mark McGhee as saying “we’ve held numerous very positive talks with both Liam and his representatives about the possibility of him becoming a Motherwell player.

“So much so, our plan was to try and finalise an agreement with Manchester United this week. However, we have been gazumped at the last minute by an English club who offered a package that we simply cannot compete with.

“Whilst that is frustrating, we completely understand everyone’s position.

“I would like to firstly sincerely thank Manchester United for allowing us to have the player for the last four months.

“Liam himself has been fantastic in how he has approached the move and his conduct and performances throughout.

“We’re naturally disappointed to be losing him, but at the same time, proud of him that he’s earned such a good move and wish him every success.”

The midfielder is set to join Preston this week, and could be available for their weekend clash away against Ipswich Town.

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