Preston North End-linked manager rubbishes exit talk, Blackburn star eyes Premier League breakthrough

Preston North End produced late drama for the second game in a row earlier in the week, when Matt Grimes' added own-goal gifted the Lilywhites a 1-0 victory away to high-flying Swansea City - condemning Steve Cooper's side to a fourth defeat in a row.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 9:01 am
Championship transfer news. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

The result leaves Preston sitting in 16th place in the table, now a solid 13 points clear of the relegation zone with six matches to go - although Rotherham United's four games in hand over some teams, including the Lilywhites, does complicate things a little.

Speaking after the big win, Preston's interim head coach Frankie McAvoy revealed that he's looking to present a calmer persona on the touchline, and claimed: “That is something where I need get a wee bit more composure. I tried to be calmer in the Norwich game and I felt it was a bit of a learning curve.

“I do need to calm down at times, not get as involved as I was doing. When you’re down there on the touchline you just want the best for your side and want them to win.”

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Ex-Rotherham United ace Kieran Agard looks set to be released by MK Dons this summer. His manager Russell Martin has hinted the player won't sign a new deal, as he looks to trim the League One side's wage budget. (The 72)

Preston return to action this weekend, when they round off a trio of matches against teams pushing for promotion with a clash against Thomas Frank's Brentford - who are without a win in four games - at Deepdale.

Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Preston North End and the rest of the Championship, as the build-up to the action to this weekend's action continues:

Leeds United and Stoke City-linked defender Josh Doig has attracted further attention, with Arsenal and Leicester City now keeping tabs on the Hibs left-back. The 18-year-old has been capped at youth level for Scotland. (The Sun)
Turkish side Trabzonspor are rumoured to be plotting a summer raid for Watford defender Kiko Femenia. He's played a key role in the Hornets' push for promotion this season, making 34 league appearances thus far. (Sport Witness)
Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton has responded coyly to suggestions that Manchester United's James Garner could return to the club on loan again next season. He claimed he was "delighted" with his efforts this year. (Nottingham Post)
Derby County's long-awaited takeover looks to be on the brink of going through, following the news that owner Mel Morris has agreed to sell the club to No Limits Sports Limited. The sale must now be cleared by the EFL's Owners and Directors Test. (BBC Sport)
Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium has been chosen as the venue for England's Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Romania and Austria in June. Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate managed Boro for over 150 games back in the '00s. (Club website)
Luton Town winger Tom Ince has revealed he turned down offers to join the likes of Inter and Monaco earlier in his career, and suggested it was more difficult for British players to move abroad then than it is now - citing Borussia Dortmund as an example. (The Athletic)
Brentford striker Ivan Toney has revealed he's aiming to be an "established Premier League player" within the three years, and that he came close to joining Celtic before being snapped up by the Bees last summer. (FourFourTwo)
Fortuna Dusseldorf manager Uwe Rosler has played down reports linking him with a move to Preston North End. He's insisted that he hasn't spoken to any club regarding a potential exit from the second-tier German side. (Bild)
Blackburn Rovers loan star Harvey Elliott has revealed he's aiming to break into the Liverpool side next season by impressing in pre-season. He's scored five goals and provided ten assists for Tony Mowbray's side so far this season. (CBS Sports)