Blackpool are closing in on signing Preston North End goalkeeper Chris Maxwell as reported by the Lancashire Post.
The report claims the Seasiders are hopeful of completing a permanent deal for the twenty-nine-year-old in time for tomorrow’s visit to Lincoln City.
Maxwell is currently on loan at Hibernian, and despite making seventeen appearances, he’s not featured regularly under new boss Jack Ross. According to the report, Preston boss Alex Neil is now ready to cancel his contract with the Lilleywhites to facilitate a move to the Tangerines.
Blackpool boss Simon Grayson knows Maxwell well, having worked with the stopper during his time at Deepdale. After the recent impressive addition of striker Gary Madine, he will be hoping Maxwell is also available for the tricky game with the in-form Imps.
The search for a keeper for Grayson was heightened due to an injury to Jak Alnwick, and although he was linked with a move for Portsmouth’s Luke McGee, it now looks like it will be Maxwell who signs for a side that has recently struggled for form after an excellent start to the campaign.
Maxwell is a decent shot stopper but can be vulnerable on crosses.
However, he’s experienced and capable and a solid signing for Blackpool although it is fair to say, not exactly one to set fans pulses racing.
Grayson is beginning to come under pressure, and his dealings in the transfer market are coming under close scrutiny.
He needs Maxwell to hit the ground running if his judgment is not going to be further called into question.