Hibs are pursuing a loan deal for Preston North End goalkeeper Chris Maxwell, according to reports, as manager Paul Heckingbottom shapes his side ahead of his first full season in charge.

The Hibees lost back-up keeper Adam Bogdan after his loan expired and Heck needs to at another keeper to his squad to challenge Ofir Marciano for the gloves.

3rd November 2018, Portman Road, Ipswich, England; EFL Championship football, Ipswich Town versus Preston North End; Chris Maxwell of Preston North End reacts as he gives away a penalty

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According to the Daily Record, Maxwell is one of a number of names under consideration by the Hibs boss as pre-season looms.

Maxwell spent part of last season on loan with Charlton, winning promotion to the Championship after seeing off Sunderland in dramatic fashion in the playoff final.

3rd November 2018, Portman Road, Ipswich, England; EFL Championship football, Ipswich Town versus Preston North End; Chris Maxwell of Preston North End fouls Jordan Roberts of Ipswich Town and gives away a penalty

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The keeper is third in line for a starting place at Preston so it seems likely that Deepdale boss Alex Neil would be willing to allow him to go out on loan again.

Challenging Marciano will be no easy task after the keeper put in a string of fine displays in the second half of the season as Heckingbotton’s side climbed up the table with a long unbeaten league run.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 05: Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom is seen during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Hibs have already signed Adam Jackson from Heckingbottom’s former club Barnsley and Scott Allan, who will join on a three-year deal from Celtic.

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