PNE front man joins Portsmouth on loan

Preston North End striker Eoin Doyle has joined League Two promotion-chasers Portsmouth on loan for the rest of the season.

The 28-year-old had also been wanted by Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City but he chose to link-up with his former Chesterfield and Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook at Pompey.

Doyle joined North End from Cardiff City in the summer on a permanent deal after spending the majority of last season on loan at Deepdale.

Doyle has found game time hard to come by at Deepdale in recent months with strong competition up front in Simon Grayson’s squad, starting eight matches and coming on as a substitute on seven occasions.

In December against Sheffield Wednesday, he scored his only league goal of the campaign after coming off the bench but was later sent-off for fighting with team-mate Jermaine Beckford.

North End manager Simon Grayson said: “Eoin asked me the question about going on loan, given that he had fallen down the pecking order.

“Others have got ahead of him, Jordan Hugill is just short of 10 goals, Callum Robinson has seven and Simon Makienok six."

Portsmouth boss Cook said: “Having worked with Eoin previously at two clubs, I am delighted with this signing.

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