North End Close In On Cork Left Back
Preston are set to add to the Irish contingent with the addition of Cork City left back Kevin O'Connor, having already signed his former teammate Sean Maguire recently.
Friends with Maguire and new Preston teammate Alan Browne, O'Connor would become the latest League of Ireland star to head to Deepdale. According to the Lancashire Evening Post a deal has been agreed with the 22 year old 'on the verge' of signing.
O'Connor, 22, would add competition to Greg Cunningham and Tommy Spurr as Simon Grayson, who hasn't been approached from Sunderland about the manager's job according to the same LEP report, adds to the squad.
The signature of Maguire, 23, on a three year deal was sealed last week, who caught the eye of Republic of Ireland international Martin O'Neill by scoring a hat trick for Cork shortly before his Preston deal was confirmed.
Commenting on Maguire, Ireland boss O'Neill said he'll be keeping tabs on the Preston striker who could be involved in training in the foreseeable future, if nothing else.
O'Neill was quoted by Sky Sports: 'Well, let me put it this way: regardless of how well he did, he's a young lad and he's coming back again having had a time over the water. He's coming back and I think he wants to have a real go at it now again, and that's great news. I can consider a lot of things, but at the end of it all, putting someone so young and so inexperienced into the Austria game would be a really tough ask, a really tough ask. But in terms of people coming to train, I've never had a problem with that and sometimes they pick up a few things that would help them with experience, so I'd have a look at it.'
Adding: 'I thought his movement in the penalty area was absolutely brilliant, really, really, good. I think he has improved since the last time I saw him live, which was the Irish Cup final. His movement got him the two goals that I saw - I left in the 83rd minute, so I didn't see the final goal, but he did very well. I don't know the lad at all. I can only judge by his football and last night in the penalty area, he was really excellent.'