Preston captain Alan Browne would welcome Callum Robinson move and has been in West Bromwich Albion man's ear

Preston North End captain Alan Browne would welcome a move for former teammate Callum Robinson, who is currently available at West Bromwich Albion.
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Robinson has been linked with a move to North End but whilst there is interest, nothing is close as things stand.

The Irish international spent four years in total at Deepdale before a move to then Premier League Sheffield United and has been deemed surplus to requirements at The Hawthorns this summer.

Alan Browne scores the winning goal at Deepdale.Alan Browne scores the winning goal at Deepdale.
Alan Browne scores the winning goal at Deepdale.
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The Baggies are after a sizeable fee and a permanent deal to let the 27-year-old leave the club, whereas PNE would prefer a loan move.

Browne, who is close friends with Robinson, would welcome the winger back and has been in his ear about a move.

He said: “Yeah, I'd love to see him back to be honest but I'm not sure what the case is.

"Obviously I see the stuff on Twitter but I'm not sure it means too much.

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"It'd be great to have him back, you never know what will happen.

"I've tried to get into his ear but it's a situation he needs to deal with himself, I don't want to pressure anyone into anything, I've just asked the question.”

Browne was speaking after his side’s 2-1 win over Hearts in their penultimate friendly of the summer.

The skipper came off the bench to score the winner after Ben Woodburn had seen his opener cancelled out by Peter Haring.

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Browne played just over 20 minutes as he builds up to full match fitness in time for the first Championship game against Wigan Athletic on July 30.

He said: “I felt it was important to get the win, it doesn't really matter in pre-season but we said we want to get a winning streak going at Deepdale especially.

"We want to pick up as many points as we can this season at home and make it tough for teams.

"Overall I thought it was a good display from the boys and it was good to get minutes in the legs.

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"I didn't mind watching it to be fair, I'm probably just a little bit behind the lads with coming back late but the boys played some excellent stuff and I think we worked the ball really well. We could have had one or two more.”