PNE rebuff Wycombe over Beavon

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Preston North End have knocked back an enquiry for Stuart Beavon from his former club Wycombe and insisted that the striker remains very much part of their plans for next season.

The Chairboys, managed by former Lilywhites winger Gareth Ainsworth, contacted PNE about the possibility of taking the 30-year-old striker on loan.

But the answer from Deepdale was ‘no’, with North End keen to have him around for what hopefully can be a sustained promotion push in 2014/15.

Wycombe, it is understood, initially enquired about taking youngster Ben Davies on loan.

During the same call, they then turned their attention to Beavon and asked about his availability.

Wanderers Trust director David Roberton said: “We would like Stuart Beavon to come back.

“Whether or not he’s going to be allowed out on loan from Preston, we don’t yet know.

“We spoke to Preston last week. I would doubt if we had the chance – it would probably be too expensive.”

It was in September 2012 that PNE paid a six-figure fee to land Beavon.

He had scored 25 goals for Wycombe in League One the previous season.

But the front man has not been so prolific in North End colours.

His two seasons to date have seen him find the net only 12 times – he scored three times in the 2013/14 campaign.

Beavon, though, is still well thought of within Deepdale.

The coaching staff like his work rate and feel he has plenty to offer the squad.

That said, the forward line is to be bolstered this summer with Preston thought to be looking to bring in two strikers to add to Beavon, Joe Garner and Kevin Davies.

Last season, Beavon was a regular starter for the first three months of the season.

But a red card collected in the FA Cup win over Barnet landed him a three-match ban.

After briefly regaining his place, he then went two months without making a first-team appearance.

Towards the end of the season he got a run of starts but only made the bench for the play-offs, appearing as a 77th minute substitute in the second leg at Rotherham.

Wycombe’s original enquiry about left-back Davies was also rejected.

After a successful season on loan with York City last term, the teenager will challenge for a first-team spot at Deepdale this time around.

Davies, 18, recently signed a new two-year contract with North End.

Meanwhile, Deepdale has been voted the second best League One ground for away supporters to visit.

An online survey of more than 5,000 fans conducted by the Supporters Federation took into account food, drink, safety, transport and the view of the pitch.

MK Dons’ ground was voted as offering the best away fan experience with a rating of 7.73 out of 10.

North End were second with 7.51, while Rotherham’s 7.41 rating was third.

Bottom of the pile was Gillingham, that not a surprise as away supporters are housed in an uncovered stand.