Preston North End are very close to bringing a Manchester United youth player to Deepdale, according to Simon Grayson, who manages the Lillywhites.

Coming via Jonathan Green of the Daily Star, the Preston manager is confident that United under-21 midfielder Liam Grimshaw will be joining the Championship side imminently:

“[A deal] is not far away. There are just a couple of things that have been highlighted in his medical”

Having been in United’s youth setup since 2002, when he was just a six year old, he will be sad to be leaving, but optimistic of his chances of first-team football, which he has had none of in the Red Devils’ senior side.

He spent some time on loan at Morecambe in 2014 and has most recently been playing for Motherwell this season, but was recalled that loan spell in order to secure a move away from Old Trafford.

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In 2013, he was made the captain of United’s Academy side, as well as having made the step up to the under-21 team on a few occasions that season. The central midfielder has played twice for England’s under-18 side, with his debut having come against Italy in 2013.

The transfer seems like it will go ahead at any moment, with Grayson also having said that the issue in the medical has been resolved so the deal should be sorted within a week.

If the deal does go through this month, he will join former United team-mates Ben Pearson and Sam Johnstone, the latter of whom is at Preston on loan from the Red Devils.