Preston North End stance on Brighton transfer target amid Cardiff City and Sheffield United links

Jon Brady and Marc LeonardJon Brady and Marc Leonard
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He spent last season on loan at Northampton Town

Preston North End have been linked with Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder, Marc Leonard, but a move is not expected to materialise.

The Lilywhites were credited with interest in the 22-year-old, towards the end of last season. He spent the last two seasons on loan at Northampton Town and a permanent exit from the Seagulls is now expected.

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However, chances of Leonard signing on the dotted line at Deepdale look to be all but over. Talks did take place between both parties, over a possible deal, but an agreement could not be struck over wages.

Leonard has one year left to run on his Brighton contract, with the option of a further, but it’s thought he will leave the club this summer. Leonard is said to be valued at £300k and a permanent deal was discussed by PNE.

The likes of Cardiff City, Swansea City, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle, Wrexham and Shefifeld United have all been linked with Leonard - as well as Legia Warsaw and Sturm Graz. Preston were also said to be targeting midfielder Joe Williams, but he recently signed a new deal at Bristol City.

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