Ben Pearson has today completed his move from Manchester United to Preston North End for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old midfielder has signed a two-and-a-half year deal and will go straight into Preston’s squad for Tuesday night’s game against Bristol City.
Preston boss Simon Grayson was delighted to have completed the deal.
He said: “We knew about Ben whilst he was at Manchester United and he was the right age to go out and get some games and we have kept our eye on him whilst he has been at Barnsley.
“He has played close on 50 games on the spin for them. He has played as a holding midfield player; played in a three getting forward, and we see him as energetic, box-to-box, likes a tackle and coming from Manchester United he is decent on the ball as well.
“He’s at the right age; wants to go and make a good career in the game and we are delighted that we have been backed by the owner to spend the money to bring Ben here and also delighted he has come here and committed his future to being a Championship player and beyond.”
The quoted fees have varied between £100,000 and £300,000 and if it is close to that then Preston have got themselves a bargain signing.
Pearson has all the attributes and work ethic needed to go on and have an excellent career in league football, so I wish him all the best at Preston and it wouldn’t surprise me if he lines up against us for a Premier League team in the future.