Preston North End are delighted to confirm the arrival of Tom Cannon on loan from Everton until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old striker, who has been with the Toffees since the age of ten, will spend the rest of the 2022/23 campaign with Ryan Lowe’s side.
Cannon, who has represented Republic of Ireland at youth level, will take the No.28 shirt and could make his PNE debut this weekend against Norwich City.
Tom said: “I’m delighted and glad it’s finally done. It’s an opportunity I’m really looking forward to after speaking to the manager.
“He’s told me what they want of me and I’m hearing they create a lot of chances so I’m here to put them away.
“It’s good that I can come out on loan to such a club as Preston. Ever since I heard of the interest, I just wanted to get the deal done, and I’m glad it’s finally done.
“I just want to gain as much experience and minutes as I can here and see where that takes me.”
The youngster has spent the majority of the current campaign training with Everton’s first team and has so far made three senior appearances, with two of those coming in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, he has been scoring goals for fun in Premier League 2, but will now gain his first experience of playing senior competitive football every week.
Manager Ryan Lowe said: “I’ve been following Tom’s progress for around a year now, with him being a Liverpool lad playing for Everton, not too far from us.
“We’ve heard really good things about him and he’s someone I’ve watched play numerous times.
“He’s a goal threat and a goalscorer. It’s not about who it is, it’s about people who score goals and, as you’ll hopefully see, he gets in the right areas to do just that.
“He’s a young lad with great energy, great ability, he works his socks off for the team and more importantly he’s a goalscorer.
“There were a lot of clubs who were interested in signing him, so I’m really pleased we’ve got it over the line.”