Preston North End transfer news: Ex-Lilywhites star tipped to join divisional rivals, Watford join chase for lethal striker

Preston North End are cracking on with their pre-season preparations, as they look to get the squad fully match fit and bring in further new signings ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

Monday, 19th July 2021, 9:56 am
Preston transfer news

The new season gets underway next month, and the Lilywhites enjoyed a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Celtic last weekend.

Giving his verdict on the performance, Preston boss Frankie McAvoy said: “I'm delighted with the win. We had to work hard because Celtic make the pitch so big, they work rotations - you have to be big and disciplined to cope with that.

“We worked very hard on the training pitch in the build-up and I thought we did things really well out there. I told the lads that if we could get the ball forward, we would cause them issues.

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Bournemouth are said to have set a whopping £35m asking price for their star winger Arnaut Danjuma. The West Ham United, Southampton and Villarreal are all believed to be keen on the 24-year-old, who scored 17 Championship goals last season. (The 72)

“We just had to be patient when we didn't have the ball so we didn't become undisciplined. In the game we created a lot of chances. We have spoken as a group and we think the best structure (a 3-5-2 formation) is the one we played today.

“It would be folly of me to change that when the players are are used to it and love playing it. Credit to them and the backroom staff for making it work.

“The style is aggressive at times, it is not easy to do to get your wing-backs pressing high up the pitch and the outside centre-backs to go the full way. Celtic's front three were so wide at times today that we had to cover a lot of ground.”

Here, we take a look at today's biggest transfer gossip and the latest team news involving Preston North End and the rest of the Championship, as build-up to the eagerly-anticipated new season and the summer window reaction continues:

Blackpool are said to be eager to sign midfielder Elliot Embleton on a permanent deal, after he impressed on loan from Sunderland last season. However, the two clubs are thought to be some way off agreeing a mutually agreeable fee. (The Sun)
Bournemouth's Asmir Begovic is closing in on a move to Everton, and is believed to have passed a medical. The 34-year-old, who spent the 2019/20 season on loan with AC Milan, will provide competition for current number one Jordan Pickford. (talkSPORT)
Sheffield Wednesday have been tipped to move on goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith, if they can find a suitable replacement this summer. The Owls academy product made 23 appearances for the club last season. (Football League World)
Birmingham City have been linked with a move for ex-Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli. The 29-year-old, who spent last season on loan with Middlesbrough, helped the Cottagers secure promotion in both 2018 and 2020. (Birmingham Mail)
Ex-Peterborough United midfielder Louis Reed could be set for a move to League One, after being taken on trial by Doncaster Rovers. He played for ninety minutes in a 2-0 friendly loss to Bradford City last weekend. (Doncaster Free Press)
Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy has revealed he doesn't expect to secure any further new signings this summer, having already brought in seven new faces. His side will take on Barnsley in their opening game of the season next month. (Wales Online)
Arsenal have been tipped up escalate their chase for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, and submit a formal offer for the stopper. He rejoined the Blades from Bournemouth last summer for a fee of around £18.5m. (The Athletic)
Sheffield United have been tipped to move for Liverpool defender Ben Davies on loan, after missing out on Brighton's Matt Clarke. Davies joined the Reds from Preston in January amid an injury crisis, but is yet to play a single minute for the club. (Daily Mail)
Watford are the latest side to take an interest in Blackburn Rovers talisman Adam Armstrong, and could offer striker Andre Gray to sweeten the deal. West Ham and Brighton have also been linked with the £25m-rated striker. (The Sun)