Everton snap up Preston keeper
Published 23:00 08/02/11 By Alan Nixon - EXCLUSIVE
Everton boss David Moyes is ready to sign Preston keeper Andy Lonergan in a shock £750,000 move.
Lonergan is heading for Goodison today and will start training with the Toffees but will not be able to play for them until next season.
Moyes gave Lonergan his debut at Preston a decade ago and has lined him up as competition for first choice Tim Howard.
Lonergan is for sale at Preston who will gladly tee up the deal now - and are to get Everton reserve Iain Turner on loan in exchange.
Turner could go straight into Preston’s side, putting Lonergan in cotton wool to avoid injury and make sure there are no snags before his switch to Everton.
North End boss Phil Brown has been tracking Turner and will give him the chance to become part of the move on a permanent basis.
Lonergan has been chased by several clubs recently, but the chance to go to Everton - with the hope of starting in the top flight is too good to refuse.