Preston North End made it two wins on the bounce after an impressive 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at the weekend, a result that saw Alex Neil’s side climb up to 16th in the Championship.
Despite signs of improvement at Deepdale, the manager is still looking to strengthen his side with Middlesbrough keeper Connor Ripley a target, according to Alan Nixon on Twitter.
Ripley, 25, has been at Middlesbrough since 2011, but has spent the majority of his time out on loan, currently first-choice keeper at Accrington Stanley in League One.
So would Ripley be a good signing for Preston?
It would be a smart bit of business.
Ripley is out of favour at Middlesbrough and is highly unlikely to break into the starting XI ahead of the in-form Darren Randolph.
Ripley has impressed over the last few seasons and will be keen to showcase his talent on a regular basis in the Championship, and Preston could be the perfect move for him in January.
He’s certainly been commanding for Accrington, but would Boro let him go?
If he’s that promising surely letting him go to a rival would be foolish, even if they’re fighting in different battles in the same division.
I can see the lad having a decent future, if Preston grab him, they might have themselves a rough diamond.
The Middlesbrough man is probably known for his season-long loan at Oldham a few years back and is currently providing the same heroics for Accrington Stanley during his temporary stint with the League One side.
On paper, it would be a bold choice but considering how he has performed in the last year or so it would be a shrewd but of business.
It could well be a move that pays off for Alex Neil in the New Year.