Cup cash bonanza for PNE

Neil Kilkenny
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Preston North End are hopeful of doing some incoming transfer business in the last five days of the January window, their run in the FA Cup having boosted the Deepdale coffers.

It is believed that PNE boss Simon Grayson would like to do one more deal before Friday night’s deadline.

North End were busy at the start of the month, extending Paul Gallagher’s loan from Leicester City until the end of the season and turning the loan of Neil Kilkenny into a full-time move.

Scott Wiseman was signed from Barnsley on an 18-month contract, and teenager Alan Browne completed a move from Cork City.

Grayson has long stated that he would like to add to the squad if the right player became available.

Anyone coming in would have to be capable of going straight into the side, as Gallagher, Kilkenny and Wiseman have all done, rather than just fleshing out a squad which is healthy in terms of numbers.

There could be outward movement too, with PNE prepared to let one or two players on the fringes go out on loan.

North End’s exploits in the FA Cup will help Grayson in terms of the budget.

The fifth-round draw made yesterday potentially gave them an away tie at either Fulham or Sheffield United.

But first they have a fourth-round replay against Nottingham Forest at Deepdale to negotiate.

The club will find out today whether the replay will be televised live – if it is, they get a £75,000 broadcast fee.

That would add to a tidy sum they have earned already from the cup run in terms of prize money and gate receipts.

So far the prize money alone from winning in the first three rounds has added up to £112,500, with another £90,000 on offer to the winners of the fourth-round replay.

With regards the Football League’s financial fair play regulations, clubs are able to include money made from cup runs in their turnover figures on an ongoing basis.

So the finance brought in by the cup run would strengthen PNE’s hand – clubs in League One cannot spend more than 60% of their turnover on players’ wages and transfer fees.

The more money coming into the club, the higher amount that 60% will be.

In terms of the FA Cup, Preston’s focus at the moment goes no further than the Forest replay, which is pencilled in for a week tomorrow.

Despite holding Billy Davies’ side to a goalless draw at the City Ground on Friday night, Grayson believes that the visitors will be favourites because of their status in the higher reaches of the Championship.

Far more pressing is PNE’s league visit to Bradford City tomorrow night.

Grayson reported a clean bill of health among his squad from the Forest game.