Preston sign Reid on loan

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PRESTON NORTH END have signed Rangers defender Paul Reid on loan for the rest of the season, with a view to a permanent deal.

The First Division promotion hopefuls have moved for the former Carlisle ace after learning that Colin Murdock faces a month out through injury.

The Northern Ireland international suffered a fractured foot in Saturday's FA Cup win over Sheffield United and faces four weeks out of action at least.

With Michael Jackson still sidelined through injury North End boss David Moyes has moved to fill the gaps in defence.

Reid, an England Under-20 international, has failed to make the breakthrough at Rangers, and Moyes admitted that the move could become permanent if he impresses during his loan spell at Deepdale.

"We've signed Paul Reid on loan from Glasgow Rangers," Moyes told the club's official website. "He's a young centre-half who can also play at full-back. He will give us a little bit more cover than at present. He's on loan to the end of the season with view to a permanent deal.

"He's a player we tried to sign last season, but he chose Rangers and moved there in a £500,000 deal. He will join up with us tomorrow (Tuesday)."

"He won't be available for Tuesday (Bradford), but we hope he'll be available for Thursday (Watford). 

"With the news that Colin Murdock has a stress fracture of his foot and will be in plaster for four weeks we realise we're a little bit short of centre-halves and with Michael Jackson still a few weeks away from being ready to play we've had to bring in Paul."

"He's a young lad, but he's been involved in the England U20 set-up this year," added Moyes. " He is someone we've kept our eye on and we'll see how he does while he's here."