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Preston sign Nathan Ellington and Amine Linganzi loans

Nathan Ellington
Nathan Ellington has scored over 150 goals in his much-travelled career

Preston North End have signed Watford striker Nathan Ellington and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Amine Linganzi on loan for the remainder of the season.

Ellington, who scored twice for North End's reserves on Wednesday, returns to England after a year-long loan spell on with Greek side Skoda Xanthi.

The ex-Bristol Rovers, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan striker is eligible for Saturday's clash with Leicester.

Meanwhile, Linganzi, 21, has appeared three times for Blackburn.

The Frenchman, who moved to Ewood Park from St Etienne in January 2010, is seen as a promising prospect after signing a three-and-a-half year deal last January.

Ellington began his league career with Bristol Rovers in 1999, before moving to Wigan for £1.2m three years later.

After making over 140 appearances between 2002 and 2005 for the Latics, the Bradford-born striker switched to the Baggies for £3m, and two years later to Watford for a further £3.25m.

But, after limited opportunities, with just 56 appearances at Vicarage Road, Ellington was loaned out to Derby followed by a loan move across Europe to Greece.

It's refreshing to get out here and train and let everybody see I can still do the job

Preston striker Nathan Ellington

"It's great being back up north again," 29-year-old Ellington told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"It was a good experience playing in Greece and it was a challenge for me and my family but we did well with it.

"But it's just refreshing to be able to get out here and train with the club and let everybody see that I can still do the job.

"One of the main reasons why I left and moved to Greece was because I knew I wasn't going to get much playing time at Watford and, with my contract coming to an end, I need to get playing games regularly."

Linganzi, meanwhile, moved to Deepdale on the recommendation of former Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce after a discussion with current Preston manager Phil Brown.

"Now I must show that, if Sam's said I'm a good player, I must work on the pitch and show the supporters I'm a good player," said the Algerian-born midfielder.

"It's a good opportunity for me and I need to play and be fit."



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