Preston midfielder Ben Pearson has joined Championship rivals Bournemouth on a permanent basis.
Pearson has been an outstanding servant at Deepdale following his move from Barnsley five years ago, making more than 150 appearances in all competitions for the Whites.
But whilst Pearson has been a key part of Preston’s midfielder in recent seasons, his contract was set to expire in the summer, meaning the Lancashire outfit would’ve risking losing him on a free transfer at the end of the campaign had they not acted in the January window.
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And therefore, Pearson has made the switch to the promotion-chasing Cherries – with Bournemouth confirming the deal has been made for an undisclosed fee.
But whilst Preston have lost one of their most important players, they have already bought sensibly in the midfield department – signing Jayson Molumby on loan from Brighton and Ben Whiteman permanently from Doncaster which soften the blow for the Deepdale faithful.
Here, we’ve been looking at how they’ve been reacting on Twitter to Pearson’s depature:
It really happened, deserves so much more than Bournemouth 🥲
— HParkz10 (@HarvieParker3) January 29, 2021
HE WAS A SHOCKING CAVEMAN ANYWAY GOOD RIDDANCE
— Henry Rawlinson (@HenryRawlinson6) January 29, 2021
Top top player that should be playing in the top flight. Hope he gets his chance. Just sad how it all ended. Not looked himself the last few months. All the best Ben
— Mick Porter (@Mick_Porter) January 29, 2021
clearly doesn’t care about the club and has gone for money
— Taylor (@_TC04_) January 29, 2021
What a loss but what a player he has been. Always gave 100% and we couldn't ask for more. I hope he does really well, although he deserves a bigger team than Bournemouth.
— Kenny Marland (@kenny_marland) January 29, 2021
Gutted but thanks pearo and good luck 😪😥 best cdm we have had in years
— Matt Kellett (@matt_kellett) January 29, 2021
Top player, just a shame we didn’t get to see him play in a north end shirt again.
— Josh Jones (@JoshJon33081000) January 29, 2021
Best midfielder we've had for years, gave 100% every game. He deserves a shot at the prem though. Good luck pearo 👏
— Andy Nichol (@andy_nichol) January 29, 2021
It has been a pleasure watching you Ben, all the best!
— Higlar (@higlar) January 29, 2021
Just want to roll up in a ball and cry
— Jamie (@jamiebaldwinnn) January 29, 2021