Coventry City midfielder Tom Bayliss has today joined Championship side Preston North End for an undisclosed fee.
The midfielder, 20, has moved to Deepdale for a fee believed to be around £2m, signing a four-year contract.
After coming through the academy at The Sky Blues, Bayliss made his first team debut in League Two against Cheltenham Town in December 2017, scoring the opening goal within two minutes and going on to make 73 appearances in two seasons.
Championship side Derby County had been repeatedly linked with Bayliss’ signature, having two previous bids rejected in January 2018 and last summer but have now been beaten to this signature.
Having also been linked with Everton, Liverpool, West Brom and Sheffield United, only two days ago Bayliss responded to speculation that he would join up with former teammates Jordan Willis, Lee Burge and Marc McNulty at League One side Sunderland.
Speaking to Preston’s official website, Bayliss spoke of his delight at the move;
“As soon as I heard about the interest I couldn’t wait to get here and get the deal done and meet the gaffer and I can’t wait to get started now.
“The sheer size of the stadium as we pulled on to the car park, it’s massive. It’s a massive club and I just can’t wait to show what I can do now.
“The gaffer knows what qualities I’ve got and he thinks he can home in on those skills and make me a better player and be able to play week in, week out at this level.”