By Wayne Veysey

2nd Sep, 2020 | 10:01am

Exclusive: Hearts agree to sign Preston North End forward

Preston North End winger Josh Ginnelly is set to join Hearts on a season-long loan deal, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 23-year-old has just one-year left on his contract at Deepdale and will become a free agent at the end of next season.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider the terms of the deal have been agreed and the transfer is set to be finalised imminently.

Ginnelly only made one substitute appearance for the Championship side during the 2019/20 campaign having spent the first half of the season on loan at League One Bristol Rovers.

The Coventry-born left-footer, who can play on either flank, rose up the ranks at Shrewsbury Town before making the switch to Premier League side Burnley.

While contracted at Turf Moor he enjoyed loan spells at Lincoln City and Tranmere Rovers before completing a free transfer to Walsall July 2018.

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The pacy winger’s 39 appearances for the Saddlers yielded four goals and two assists and earned him a move to Deepdale in January 2019.

Preston are yet to make a signing this summer but Ginnelly’s departure will free up some room on the wage bill to possibly allow Alex Neil to strengthen his squad.

Hearts are keen to bolster their squad as they look to bounce back to the Scottish Premiership at the first time of asking this season.


Ginnelly looks set to become their fifth summer signing with Craig Gordon, Jordan Roberts, Elliot Frear and Ross Stewart already through the door at Tynecastle.

The 2020/21 Scottish Premiership campaign is already in full-swing but Hearts remain in preseason with the Scottish Championship not scheduled to kick off until 17 October.

In other Preston North End news, Celtic have set their sights on signing Lilywhites defender.