Preston North End winger Josh Ginnelly is set to join League One outfit Bristol Rovers on loan until the end of the season, Football Insider understands.
The 22-year-old attacker has found himself down the pecking order at Preston this season, making just four appearances across all competitions.
A source at Preston has told Football Insider that Bristol Rovers have moved quickly to agree a deal with the club and he is undergoing a medical today.
They have seen off competition from a number of League One and League Two clubs to all but seal the deal.
The recent signing of Scott Sinclair has further increased the competition for places in the Preston side and Alex Neil’s side are happy to let Ginnelly go out on loan in search of regular first-team football.
It is felt that the skilful winger will benefit from gaining valuable first-team experience in the second half of the season as it could see him return and challenge for a first-team spot next season.
Ginnelly has only managed to feature for 10 minutes in the Championship this season, with his three other outings coming in the EFL Cup, and that cameo appearance came in September’s 3-3 draw with Bristol City.
The left-sided winger came through the ranks at Aston Villa as a youngster, before joining Shrewsbury Town in 2013.
After impressing at Shrewsbury, Ginnelly won a move to Burnley in 2015, but he spent most of his time at Turf Moor out on loan at a number of clubs, including Altrincham, Walsall, Lincoln, Tranmere before joining Walsall on a permanent deal in 2018.
Bristol Rovers are currently in 12th spot in League One but are just two points off the play-off places.
The Pirates are next in action on Tuesday as they’re set to face Coventry City in an FA Cup third-round replay.