Listed Carter linked with QPR and Reading

Carter is one of the big earners in the North End squad
Carter is one of the big earners in the North End squad
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Preston North End have yet to receive any bids for their eight transfer-listed players.

Boss Darren Ferguson made them available last month in a bid to freshen up the squad and raise summer transfer funds.

But while some have been linked with moves in the media, there have been no official approaches.

Darren Carter is reported to be interesting Championship sides Queens Park Rangers and Reading.

The midfielder’s three seasons with PNE have been unproductive and he featured in just 12 games after Ferguson’s arrival in January.

He’s got 12 months remaining on his contract and the 26-year-old admitted towards the end of last season that his time at Deepdale was coming to a close.

Carter is one of the big earners in the squad who Preston need to be moving on in a bid to cut the wage bill.

Another is Richard Chaplow who found himself linked with local rivals Blackpool in a national newspaper recently.

The report claimed the midfielder was a free agent having been released by North End.

But, like Carter, he’s got another year left on his contract.

While PNE are prevented from buying players at the moment due to the winding-up order issued against them, they are still permitted to sell.

And Trevor Hemmings’ bid to gain full ownership of the club wouldn’t hinder any potential sales.

The other six players on the transfer list are Neil Mellor, Stephen Elliott, Neal Trotman, Eddie Nolan, Neill Collins and Michael Hart.

Sources at North End expect interest to be stepped up in them nearer to the start of pre-season training.

As well as the eight players listed, Chris Sedgwick, Liam Chilvers and Veliche Shumulikoski have left North End after being released by Ferguson. He’s clearing the decks for what will hopefully be a productive time in the transfer market once the financial future of the club is sorted out.

His one signing to date is Paul Hayes, brought in on a Bosman from Scunthorpe before the winding-up order was served.

On the takeover front, shareholders received letters from PNE’s board yesterday outling Hemmings’ proposed offer for their stake in the club.

The letter was a copy of the statement released to the AIM Stock Market on Friday which detailed the acceptance of Hemmings’ five-pence-per-share offer by Derek Shaw.

A formal offer for the remaining shares in the club will be made by Hemmings’ company DPNE Holdings Ltd in due course – he’s got until early July to do that.

But Hemmings is keen to get to full ownership quickly.

Talks with other big shareholders, including Paul Wikinson and Hussein Patel, are ongoing.

He needs to get 75% of shares to gain ownership and de-list North End, reverting them back to a private company.

Meanwhile, PNE have put tickets on sale for their two home pre-season friendlies.

They face Blackburn on Tuesday, July 20, and Everton four days later.

Tickets are available in the Sir Tom Finney Stand and Invincibles Pavilion, priced £10 adults and £5 concessions.

The Alan Kelly Town End will be shut for both games, with the Kop reserved for visiting fans.

North End’s ticket office will remain open until 7pm this week to allow fans to buy season tickets at a reduced rate.

Saturday is the deadline to claim the discount, the ticket office open until 5pm that day.