PNE aim to be quick off the mark

Paul Gallagher
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Preston North End are hopeful of doing some incoming transfer business early in the summer break.

It is believed that talks have already been held with three or four players as they look to land their close-season targets.

Last year, PNE made the signings of Tom Clarke and Chris Humphrey early on.

And ideally they would like a couple of new faces on board before the market slows down next month.

North End want to bring in a striker, winger, midfielder and a keeper, and possibly a right-back too.

Talks are also continuing to keep Paul Gallagher on loan next season. He was borrowed for six months from Leicester last term and would be available on a season-long loan.

Declan Rudd remains their top choice of keeper, although they will have to wait and see whether the 23-year-old figures in new Norwich boss Neil Adams’ plans.

The midfield slot could be filled by Neil Kilkenny should he accept the offer of a new contract.

Since last week’s play-off exit to Rotherham, Preston have been linked with moves for several players.

Two names to have cropped up are Keith Southern and Peter Clarke, both of who have worked with PNE boss Simon Grayson before.

The defenders have been released by Huddersfield, but it is understood that they are not on the Deepdale shopping list.

North End will have room to manoeuvre financially in terms of strengthening the squad.

The release of six players this week – John Mousinho, Nicky Wroe, Chris Beardsley, Graham Cummins, Alex Nicholson and Ryan Croasdale – will free up space on the wage bill.

And the futures of Iain Hume and Shane Cansdell-Sheriff will become clearer after Monday’s League Two play-off final – the pair are on loan at finalists Fleetwood and Burton respectively.

PNE yesterday announced a small rise in their season ticket prices for 2014/15.

An adult season ticket in the Alan Kelly Town End will cost £315 if bought before Saturday June 21, with the price going up to £345 after that.

In the Sir Tom Finney Stand and Invincibles Pavilion, an adult season ticket will cost £370 before June 21 – after the deadline the price rises to £400 in those two stands.

Last year, the cost was £300 in the Town End within the discount period, rising to £315 after the deadline.

In the Sir Tom Finney and Invincibles Pavilion last season, it was £350 with the post-discount price being £368.

Season tickets go on sale on Tuesday morning.

Preston are still operating their ambassador cup bonus scheme which brings with it discounted seats to those on the ambassador scheme for all home cup ties.

Family Stand pricing for Under-16s has been frozen at £69 when accompanied by an adult. Mini-whites season tickets for Under-8s will continue to be free.

A spokesman for North End said: “There has been a small rise in season ticket prices. But we feel that with the need to invest further in the squad, it is a fair increase and the prices are still competitive.”