A deal reported to be worth £4.5m will be struck between the clubs in the January transfer window should the player live up to expectations. The 24 year old currently holds down a regular first team place in the Republic’s World Cup qualifying team.
St ledger joined Preston from Peterborough three years ago and has made 139 appearances for them, he cost Preston £225,000.
Preston are reluctant to part with the defender but chairman Derek Shaw believes that the deal will help keep his club liquid in a financially tough league, saying:
“My honest view is if we don’t do this type of thing we’ll be getting 10 points deducted and we’ll end up going into administration.”