Rotherham United and Ipswich Town are both keeping tabs on Preston North End defender Josh Earl, journalist Alan Nixon has reported.
Earl spent the first half of this season on-loan in League One with Bolton Wanderers, making a total of 11 appearances in all competitions for Keith Hill’s side.
The 21-year-old has however failed to feature for Preston since returning to Deepdale following the expiration of that loan earlier this month, and it seems that could mean another move is on the card for the youngster in the coming weeks.
According to Nixon’s latest update, both Rotherham and Ipswich have developed an interest in Earl, as both sides target an immediate return to the Championship from League One this season.
Preston. Left back Josh Earl fancied by both Ipswich and Rotherham. Likely to be available.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 12, 2020
Rotherham are currently top of the League One standings, three points clear of third-placed Ipswich, albeit having played a game more than the Tractor Boys.
Prior to his loan to Bolton earlier this month, Earl had made 36 appearances in all competitions for Preston, having broken into their senior side in August 2017.
There are currently 18 months remaining on Earl’s current contract with Preston, securing his future at Deepdale until the end of next season.
This could be a really useful signing for one of these sides.
Not only did Earl impress at League One level with Bolton earlier this season, but he has also looked solid when handed the opportunity by Preston in the Championship earlier in his career.
You feel as though Earl himself could be open to such a move, given he currently seems to be some way down the pecking order at Deepdale.
This therefore could be a solid addition for one of these sides, and given their respective positions in the League One, it may also prove to have a big say in the race for promotion over the coming months.