By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Manchester United midfielder Liam Grimshaw is closing in on a transfer to Preston, Football Insider sources understand.

The 20-year-old has agreed terms with the Championship club and a deal could be sealed within the next 24 hours.

A United source has told Football Insider that Grimshaw is set to become the second player in a week to make the move from Old Trafford to Preston.

Fellow midfielder Ben Pearson, 21, moved to Deepdale last week in a £100,000 deal, while goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is also there on loan.

Like Pearson, Grimshaw has spent the first half of the season on loan, but he was recalled from his spell at Motherwell last week by United.

The midfield anchorman made 16 appearances for the Scottish Premiership side after joining them on a temporary basis last September.

Burnley-born Grimshaw came through the youth ranks at United but has not made an appearance for the senior side and his contract is due to expire in the summer.

Should the deal be completed, he will arrive at Deepdale with the club mid-table in the Championship.