GUN­NERS STAR­LET IN AT PRE­STON

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Tom Black­ett

PRE­STON North End have pulled off a trans­fer coup by snap­ping up Arse­nal’s promis­ing striker Stephy Ma­vi­didi on a sea­son-long loan.

The Eng­land U19 in­ter­na­tional signed on Fri­day and will be keen to im­press in the Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing a loan spell with League One out­fit Charl­ton last term.

Li­ly­whites boss Alex Neil is de­lighted to have cap­tured the 19-year-old.

The former Nor­wich man­ager said: “He’s got real pace and power and I think he’ll be a real top player at some stage.

“We want to try and help the de­vel­op­ment of that for our ben­e­fit and for his. I think it’ll make some good busi­ness.

“I think he’s a per­fect fit for us, cer­tainly in terms of at­tributes that we like to have in the team and he’ll give us that.”

Ma­vi­didi is ea­ger to get started in his new club’s colours.

“I just want to put on that shirt, run out and do well,” he said. “I’m buzzing.”

YOUNG STAR: Stephy Ma­vi­didi, right, in train­ing with Arse­nal

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