Latest on speculation surrounding PNE striker Jordan Hugill

Jordan Hugill in action for PNE against Newcastle
Jordan Hugill in action for PNE against Newcastle

Preston North End have had no fresh interest in Jordan Hugill since Birmingham City's failed bid.

There has been speculation that Birmingham have renewed their interest and that Sunderland had joined the chase.

But PNE sources say the only contact with them regarding Hugill was when Birmingham made a £2.5m bid early last week, one which was turned down.

Hugill scored 13 goals last season, 12 of them in the Championship, has is rated highly by North End.

Ipswich saw two bids turned down in January, while Wolves showed an interest earlier in the summer.

The 25-year-old missed Tuesday's friendly against Burnley with an injury which forced his substitution in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

PNE boss Alex Neil

PNE boss Alex Neil

He is a doubt for PNE's visit to Fleetwood Town on Friday night.

Speaking after the Burnley game, North End manager Alex Neil said: "Jordan has been a complete professional through this whole process.

"If I'm being honest, there is nothing to talk about, there are no offers in right now.

"What was put in was rejected and that is basically where we are.

"Jordan is an important player for this club, he was top goalscorer last year and he has performed well in pre-season so far."