Preston North End have completed the signing of Manchester United youngster Josh Harrop, who has agreed a four-year contract at the Championship club.
The 21-year-old made his debut for the Reds on the final day of last season’s Premier League campaign, when he scored a fine goal in a 2-0 win over Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace.
United were keen to tie the Stockport-born midfield player to a new contract, but he has instead decided to drop down a division for regular first team football with Preston.
“It’s a new start for me to get things going in my career and I’m buzzing to get playing and to make an impact in the team,” he told the official club website. “I’ve got four years now at Preston North End where I know I am going to be and I am going to put everything into that.”
Harrop follows former United youngsters Marnick Vermijl, Ben Pearson and Liam Grimshaw in making the move to Deepdale, and Simon Grayson believes he can make a big impact.
“Josh is a player who has attracted a lot of interest this summer and we had to move quickly to secure his signature,” said the Preston boss. “He adds to our group of hungry young players who want to progress and we are looking forward to working with him and seeing him improve.”