Preston North End grabbed a deadline beating signing, by capturing highly-sought after Everton attacker Anthony Gordon until the end of the season.
The 19-year-old joined the Toffeemen as a youngster, progressing through their Academy ranks coming on for his debut 12 months ago against West Ham United, as a substitute for Bernard.
He went on to be handed his first Premier League start in the Merseryside derby against Liverpool at Goodison Park in June and he has followed that with ten appearances this season already.
The Lilywhites, who beat a host of clubs to his signature, finally got the deal overline just before the 11pm deadline, with Anthony taking the No.42 shirt for the remainder of the season.
Speaking after putting pen to paper the England U20 international said: “I’m, so excited. Preston is a massive club; I’m delighted to be here. I know it was last minute, but I can’t wait to get going.
“I’ve heard a lot about the club. I’ve been told all about the family feel of this club and that was a massive part of why I chose to come here. I think that’s my main reason for being here, I really want to start games and be involved in men’s football consistently.
“I think this is the perfect place for me at this moment with this manager, this team, and hopefully we can get to the play-offs.”
Whilst manager Alex Neil said he always expected it to be a late one, but was excited to have got his eighth signing of a busy window.
He added: “I think we always knew this was going to be a late deal. We spoke to Everton regarding Anthony and I spoke to Anthony himself as well.
“We needed to make sure we brought another attacking option in and I think Anthony, who has been involved in most of Everton’s games this season, has huge potential and he is different to the other type of lads we have as well.
“Anthony wants to take the ball, he wants to get at people, he wants to try and take them on and be creative in the final third. That type of player is what we have needed.”