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Hibernian on verge of loan deal for Preston North End goalkeeper

Hibernian are closing in on a loan move for Preston North End goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.

The 28-year-old is set to undergo a medical at Easter Road over the next couple of days, according to a report by the Scottish Sun.

Hibs, who are managed by ex-Barnsley and Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom, have been in the hunt for a new ‘keeper and have found their man in Maxwell.

The former Wales Under-23 international has fallen out-of-favour at Preston and spent the second-half of last season on loan at Charlton Athletic in League One.

Maxwell started his career at Wrexham and rose up through the youth ranks there. He went onto make 85 appearances for the Red Dragons and also had a loan spell in the Welsh Premier League with Connah’s Quay Nomads.

He moved to Fleetwood Town in 2012 and returned to Wrexham on loan before spending time at Cambridge United during his first couple of seasons with the Cod Army.

Maxwell made the number one spot his own at Fleetwood during the 2013/14 campaign and went onto play 123 times before he got a move to the Championship with Preston in May 2016.

The 6ft 1inc stopper was initially the Lilywhites’ first choice during his first two years at Deepdale but has lost his place to Declan Rudd over the past year or so.

A loan move to Hibs is an opportunity for him to impress and a new chapter in his career.

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