Preston switch would make sense for Everton outcast Luke Garbutt

Luke Garbutt of Everton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on March 1, 2015 in London, England.

Preston North End are reportedly set to sell Greg Cunningham to Cardiff City.

Luke Garbutt of Everton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on March 1, 2015 in London, England.

Cardiff City tied up one new signing earlier today in Norwich City winger Josh Murphy, and look set to grab another one swiftly in Preston North End's Greg Cunningham.

The Bluebirds were chasing Irish international Cunningham last summer but couldn't convince Preston to sell, with a move close this time around thanks to Cardiff's promotion to the Premier League.

Reports from Wales Online claim that Cunningham is set to complete a move to South Wales, with a fee close to £4million mentioned as Preston cash in before Cunningham enters the final year of his contract.

Henrik Dalsgaard of Brentford is tackled by Greg Cunningham of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Preston North End at Griffin Park on February...

Preston do have a talented teenage left back in Josh Earl, but throwing him in as a replacement for 27-year-old Cunningham – who was a model of consistency during his three years at Deepdale – may be risky.

North End should subsequently look to land a replacement, and their model in recent years has seen them sign young players frozen out at 'big' clubs and giving them playing time, such as Ben Pearson, Josh Harrop, Daniel Johnson and Callum Robinson.

One player who fits that bill is Everton's Luke Garbutt, who was told in April by then-Toffees boss Sam Allardyce that he had to leave Goodison Park in order to play first-team football, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

Luke Garbutt of Everton walks on to the field ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 match between Everton FC and FC Dynamo Kyiv on March 12, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

The 25-year-old was once highly regarded having joined Everton from Leeds back in 2009, but has seen his career stagnate with the Toffees, and didn't play at all in the 2017-18 season.

Garbutt needs a move to rekindle his career, and staying local with Preston should be appealing, as should reuniting with ex-Everton teammate Ryan Ledson at Deepdale, where Alex Neil is putting together a talented young squad who will again be chasing the Championship play-offs next season.

Garbutt could fill the spot left by Cunningham and get his career back on track, but also still have the competition from Earl, whilst Preston wouldn't need to break the bank to prise Garbutt away from Goodison Park, making this a move which would make sense for all parties.

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