Preston North End are keeping tabs on Everton striker Fraser Hornby, according to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

The Championship side have identified the young striker as a potential loan signing, either for January or next summer.

The Lilywhites have had a tough start to this season and are already looking for players who can improve their side in the transfer window. Alex Neil’s side are currently 22nd in the league and in the relegation zone.

Hornby, who is 19 years-old, is highly-rated by Everton and is being tipped for a big future at Goodison Park. He has impressed for their Under-23’s over recent seasons and could be rewarded with a loan move away to gain some senior football experience.

The youngster started his career at local side Northampton Town but was snapped up by Everton in September 2014 for an initial fee of £65,500. Hornby made his debut for the Toffees’ first-team in a Europa League fixture against Cyprian side Apollon Limassol in December 2017.

That has been his only appearance for Everton’s senior side to date, hence why they are open to letting him leave on loan to gain a taste of first-team football at a decent level.

Hornby has represented Scotland at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level so far in his career. He has managed 6 goals in the 7 caps he has received from the Under-21’s.

Preston are in need of some more firepower in attack and the possible loan signing of Hornby would offer Alex Neil’s side something different in attack.


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