Liverpool are ready to offload youngster Lloyd Jones to ​Championship club ​Preston North End in January, after a deal collapsed in the summer, according to a report from the Mirror.

The Lilywhites looked set to sign Jones this summer but a reported £250k deal failed to materialise.

However, the Lancashire club apparently remain keen on the former Plymouth Argyle youth player and could make an improved offer for the 21-year-old in the January window.

A number of League One clubs are also believed to be interested in the England U20s star, and the fledgling defender looks close to an Anfield after the Christmas period.

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Jones spent last season on loan at Swindon last season, bagging two goals in 24 appearances for the West Country side.

Jones signed a new long-term contract with ​Liverpool last summer, but now looks set to leave Merseyside after six years at the club.