Preston North End rumours: ex-Lilywhites boss drops hint on next club, Millwall offered ex-Arsenal starlet
Preston North End head into the summer break full of confidence following an excellent finish to the 2020/21 campaign, that saw them steer clear of relegation and propel their way up to 13th place finish under Frankie McAvoy.
With the Scotsman now at the wheel on a full-time basis, the Lilywhites will look to take their positive momentum straight into the start of next season, and look likely to invest in a few players in the transfer window as they look to add further quality to the squad.
Discussing the club's decision to release both Billy Bodin and Louis Moult at the end of the campaign, McAvoy revealed: “Sometimes people need a fresh start in life. Louis and Billy have been a bit unfortunate with injuries.
“Louis scored against Wigan and then we went to Swansea, he looked great and we were thinking we are going to see the best of him. Unfortunately he then suffered that horrific injury. He's now fit and ready to play.“The unfortunate thing is that in the time he has lost, there are others we have got here who in my opinion are ahead of him at the moment, He needs to go and play, he is hungry to go and play football. Billy is similar.“They need to go and find another home where they can try and flourish as footballers. I wish them all the best and I have the greatest respect for both of them.”Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Preston North End and the rest of the Championship, as the reaction to last season and the build-up to summer transfer window continues:
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Belgian outfit KV Oostende have been linked with a move for Cardiff City defender Ciaron Brown. The Northern Ireland international taken his chance to impress with aplomb since Mick McCarthy's arrival at the club back in March. (Football League World)
Peterborough United's DoF Barry Fry has claimed that Huddersfield Town made an attempt to sign their striker Mo Eisa last January, making an offer including Reece Brown on a permanent deal in return. Brown is currently on loan with the Posh. (Peterborough Today)
Sunderland and Fleetwood Town are said to have joined Aberdeen in the race to sign Rotherham United defender Clark Robertson. Earlier in the week, the 27-year-old was tipped to return to the Scottish side six year after leaving them for Blackpool. (Football Insider)
Birmingham City and Derby County have both been credited with an interest in ex-Huddersfield Town play-maker Alex Pritchard. The 28-year-old, who join the Terriers for £12m back in 2018, was released by the club earlier this week. (The 72)
Middlesbrough are believed to be keen on bringing in QPR goalkeeper Joe Lumley, who is yet to commit his future to the club as his contract approaches its expiry. He began his career in the Spurs youth academy, before joining the Hoops early on in his development. (Football Insider)
Ex-Millwall and Rotherham United manager Kenny Jackett has been named the firm favourite for the Leyton Orient job. His last job was with Portsmouth, who he led to EFL Trophy glory back in 2019. (SkyBet)
Aston Villa man Conor Hourihane, currently on loan at Swansea, has revealed why he turned down Sheffield Wednesday before joining the Villains in 2017, claiming that joining the Owls would have been a "kick in the teeth" to his then club Barnsley. (Swansea City official website)
Leeds United, Norwich and Chelsea have all been handed a boost in the race to sign MK Dons starlet Matthew Sorinola. The 20-year-old is said to have turned down a contract offer from his club in order to move on to a new side this summer. (Team Talk)
Ex-Preston boss Alex Neil has hinted that he'll look to target his return to management in the Championship, contending that he "deserves another crack" at the competition having spent a good deal of time in the competition with both Norwich and the Lilywhites. (Pinkun)
Millwall, Bristol City and QPR are all rumoured to have been offered Middlesbrough forward Chuba Akpom. The £3m ex-Arsenal man is surplus to requirements at the Riverside Stadium after an underwhelming debut season. (Team Talk)