Swansea interested in Preston defender Josh Earl
Earl broke into the Preston first-team last season
Swansea City have expressed an interest in Preston North End full-back Josh Earl, following Martin Olsson's lengthy injury absence.
Leon Britton's side are said to be interested in the Preston defender after Martin Olsson was ruled out for the majority of the season, at least, with a leg injury in his sides victory over Hull last month.
The 20-year-old has made six appearances for North End this season, as they sit in sixth position in the Sky Bet Championship, currently. He broke into the first-team last season after a loan spell to Northern Premier League side Lancaster City the following season.
Earl went on to make nineteen appearances last season after making his first-team debut in a 1-0 win over Reading in mid-August, following Greg Cunningham's injury prior to the game.
It is believed the estimated figure is around £6,000,000 but Preston are likely to want more for the young defender, who has been a part of their youth system since the age of nine.
Talks broke down between Swansea and Burnley defender Charlie Taylor over a loan move earlier this week. The Swans were keen to bring him in until the end of the season and included a future fee, however Italian side Genoa hijacked the deal and the 25-year-old is close to agreeing a deal with the club.
Britton said earlier this week: "We are working hard to find a suitable replacement for Martin [Olsson] and expect to have one soon. We're working tirelessly to do so and this is not just in one area of the pitch. There are several targets I have in mind to improve the squad."
: Indeed. Another solid month for us and you've hit the nail on the head. We seem to be decent enough at the back, but lack that consistent strikers; as McBurnie can be very hit and miss. Fingers crossed he can sort himself out in the remaining months, but reinforcements may be needed.
: Definitely! The pressure is certainly on us to keep performing now.
: I can't complain at all in terms of results, truthfully!