Preston North End have won the race to sign Ben Whiteman – with the Doncaster Rovers captain moving to Deepdale on a long-term contract the club have confirmed.
Having joined from Sheffield United in the summer of 2017, Whiteman has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Championship, and now finally gets his opportunity in the second-tier, following more than 150 appearances for the Keepmoat Stadium outfit.
Whiteman becomes Preston’s fourth January signing of what is already becoming a productive window for Alex Neil – following the arrivals of Jayson Molumby, Ched Evans and goalkeeper Daniel Iversen on loan from Leicester City.
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Despite being a midfielder, Whiteman has been in outstanding goalscoring form this season, scoring eight times in 23 appearances in all competitions, and has chipped in with four assists in what has been his best goal-return during his playing career.
Preston have won three of their four Championship games this season, and although they’ve generally struggled for consistency, they still have top-six hopes heading into the home straight.
And it appears that the Deepdale outfit are delighted with the addition of Whiteman and Neil’s January business as a whole.
Check below how they reacted on Twitter to Whiteman’s signing:
Welcome to Preston North End @benwhiteman8, excellent addition to the squad, very hopeful of what you have to bring!!!
— Brandon Whiteside (@Brandon31478850) January 14, 2021
Welcome Ben. Delighted with our business so far and more to come I understand.
— Dave Holt (@dougie_fresh) January 14, 2021
— Ribble (@RiverRibble) January 14, 2021
Love this!!! Well done PNE!
— Lee Fleming (@Leeless) January 14, 2021
Fair play on this one🙌
— Chris Carter (@ChrisCarter90) January 14, 2021
We're going up.
— pne2020 (@VFTNE1880) January 14, 2021
AWESOME NEWS TO WAKE UP TO!
— JFishh 🤙🏻 (@_JFishh) January 14, 2021
Huge credit to the club to get this one through true door. Great talent and an exciting prospect. Good transfer window so far…let’s keep it going as everyone knows more is needed and more need to be shipped out. #pnefc https://t.co/nAzd6IYoe1
— Adam Smith (@Adam_GSmith) January 14, 2021
— Alex (@hairyyetialex) January 14, 2021