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Sheffield United fail in attempt to extend previous loan deal

Preston North End boss Darren Ferguson has been helped out by his father, Sir Alex Ferguson, who has allowed defender Ritchie de Laet to move to Deepdale on a one-month loan deal from Manchester United, reports the Daily Mail.

The Belgian defender was on loan at Sheffield United earlier in the campaign and the Blades were looking to extend the deal, but the Ferguson family connection has proved valuable fo Preston who have secured his services.

The Lilywhites are in serious need of any help they can get after a disastrous run of form has seen them slump to the foot of the Chamionship table, three points behind closest rivals Crystal Palace.

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