Charlton striker Macauley Bonne won’t be coming to Preston North End

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Preston North End are not tracking Charlton Athletic striker Macauley Bonne contrary to speculation doing the rounds.

It had been reported that the Lilywhites were ready to offer £500,00 plus add-ons for the 24-year-old.

However, it is understood that Bonne is not on the radar as North End look to add more goals to their strike force.

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Derby and Fulham have also been credited with an interest in Bonne who did well in his first season at Championship level in 2019/20.

Charlton striker Macauley Bonne has been linked with PrestonCharlton striker Macauley Bonne has been linked with Preston
Charlton striker Macauley Bonne has been linked with Preston

The Ipswich-born player, who has played at international level for Zimbabwe, scored 11 league goals for the Addicks.

They had recruited him from Leyton Orient for whom he scored 47 goals in two seasons in the National League.

Bonne has been linked with a move away from The Valley following Charlton’s relegation.

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The South London outfit’s financial position is unstable with serious issues over the ownership of the club.

Bonne played in Charlton’s 1-0 defeat to North End at The Valley in November. Injury kept him out of the reverse fixture at Deepdale in January which PNE won 1-0.

Another striker linked with Preston over the weekend has been Walsall’s Josh Gordon.

Millwall, Barnsley and PNE were reported by a national newspaper to have expressed an interest.

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Gordon, 25, who was in Leicester City’s Under-23s for a spell, scored 12 goals for the Saddlers in League Two last season.

With North End needing extra firepower, they are bound to get linked with more strikers as the start of the season nears. As work goes to try and strengthen the squad, PNE will need to trim the numbers too.

This season, clubs in the Championship have to register a 25-man squad.

In addition to that, they can have an unlimited number of players under the age of 21.

As things stand, North End have 26 senior players.

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Adam O’Reilly, Jack Baxter, Ethan Walker and Tom Bayliss fall into the Under-21s category.

While Bayliss turned 21 in April, he was 20 on January 1 which is the date the age rules applies to.

The Lilywhites returned to pre-season training last Thursday and are due to announce their friendly game schedule in the coming days.