Report: Liverpool join Everton in race for Josh Earl's signature

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.

Liverpool and Everton are battling to sign Preston North End defender Josh Earl during the January transfer window.

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According to a report from The Sun, Liverpool have joined Everton in the race to sign Preston North End left-back Josh Earl during the January transfer window.

The Sun reported back at the start of November that the Toffees were keen on signing the 19-year-old, who has been excellent for the Lilywhites in the Championship this season, and now their Merseyside rivals have joined them in the chase.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

According to The Sun, the teenager signed a new contract at Deepdale last month, but is still set to attract bids from the Premier League rivals.

Earl has been one of a number of players who have really impressed for Alex Neil's side in the second tier this term, making 12 league appearances to date, and helping Preston put themselves to within touching distance of the division's top six going into 2018.

Alex Neil manager of Preston North End looks on during the pre season friendly match between Preston North End and Burnley at Deepdale on July 25, 2017 in Preston, England.

While it is not clear how the youngster would feel about leaving the club that he has spent more than a decade on the books of, he would surely be forgiven for wanting to stay where he is for the time-being even if the Premier League pair come calling.

If he continues to progress at his current rate, the interest will surely still be there in the coming years, and he may be able to move on with a lot more first-team experience under his belt than he may perhaps get in the short-term if he leaves for Anfield or Goodison Park during next month's window.

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