Preston North End boss Alex Neil is 'doubtful' the Lilywhites will do further transfer business before the window shuts

Preston North End manager Alex Neil doesn't expect to do any further transfer business leading up to Friday night's deadline.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 11:30 am
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 10:50 am
Preston manager Alex Neil

The Lilywhites' one piece of incoming business in January has been Scott Sinclair's arrival from Celtic.

And that is likely to be it unless there is a late change of approach before the 11pm cut-off on Friday.

Speaking at Springfields on Thursday morning , Neil said: "I would be doubtful that we will do anything else.

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Scott Sinclair is likely to be Preston's only signing in the January transfer window

"I don't give too much thought to it to be honest. If you do try and think about it, what you want, what you are trying to do, what you are trying to get, it gets frustrating.

"The best way for me to try and deal with it is basically focus on the squad we have got.

"If we can add to it and make it better, good, if we can't than we are where we are.

"Clubs with a lot of money who spend a lot of money, love the window because it is exciting.

"If you go and sign someone for £20m, everyone is saying they can't wait to go and see them play.

"If you are one of the teams who doesn't spend so much money, I think at the end of the window it leaves a disappointing feeling.

"That disappointment is generated out of nothing really, people thinking 'I thought we would have done this or done that'.

"That is the only frustration with being a manager, you can create negative momentum out of not doing anything."

With North End sat handily in seventh place, just a point behind the play-offs and seven point shy of second place, the PNE supporters would have hoped for a bit more strengthening ahead of a vital 17 games.

The Championship is wide open this season and Neil's men are right in the mix for the top six.

Neil, never a fan of the transfer window, was pragmatic with his thoughts on the relatively quiet January.

The 38-year-old said: "I have never sat here and professed we needed five signings - I have professed that I would like five signings!

"What you would like and what you get are two different things.

"We have always been a team who have worked within the financial restrictions we have got and that will continue to be the case.

"It is what it is. It like everything else, everyone wants a bigger car, a bigger house, but at the end of the day you get what you can afford.

"We have done the work that we can do, Scott Sinclair has been a good acquisition for us."