Preston transfer news: Lilywhites linked with divisional rivals' midfielder, ex-Derby County man eyes second-tier return

Preston North End are back in action this weekend, when they take on Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium tomorrow lunchtime.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 8:55 am
Championship transfer news

As things stand, the Lilywhites are sitting 16th in the table, and barring a major collapse, are on course for a solid mid-table finish, setting the foundations for an improved 2021/22 campaign.

The last time Preston played the Potters, back in September, Tom Barkhuizen's early sending off catalysed the Lilywhites' downfall, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Deepdale.

Speaking ahead of the game, Preston midfielder Ben Whiteman discussed interim head coach Frankie McAvoy being the ninth manager he's worked under in his career thus far, and claimed: “When someone comes in with new, fresh ideas you have to take it board, that is part of being a professional.

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Rotherham United starlet Joshua Kayode has extended his contract at the club, which now runs until the summer of 2024. He's currently on loan with Carlisle United, could could break into the Millers squad for next season. (Club website)

“Looking back through my career, experiencing those changes has probably benefited me. When you’ve not had that chop and change, you can find it difficult to settle in with a new manager.

“At first-team level I have been managed by Nigel Clough, Nigel Adkins, Chris Wilder, Steve Evans, Darren Ferguson, Grant McCann, Darren Moore, Alex Neil and Frankie McAvoy. All of them have had their own ideas on how they want you to play the game.”

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 weekend's action continues:

Sheffield United's interim manager Paul Heckingbottom has been named the bookies' favourite to become the next Doncaster Rovers boss. As a player, he featured for the likes of Barnsley and Darlington. (SkyBet)
Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy has claimed his start to his Bluebirds career has been "educational" rather than "a success". His side made a brief surge towards the play-off places, before coming crashing down over the past couple of months. (BBC Sport)
Ex-Huddersfield Town star Danny Ward has signed a new contract at Leicester extending his stay with the club until at least 2025. He played a key role in the Terriers' promotion-winning campaign in 2017, while on loan from Liverpool. (Club website)
Brighton & Hove Albion are rumoured to have taken an interest in Barnsley star Callum Styles, but could have to fork out around £8m to seal the deal. The 21-year-old could be snapped up this summer, after playing a key role in the Tykes' play-off push. (The 72)
Norwich City could be set to lose their manager Daniel Farke this summer, with reports suggesting he's been eyed up by Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt. He previously managed the Borussia Dortmund second team before landing the Canaries job. (Team Talk)
Everton has leapfrogged Manchester United to become the fresh favourites to sign Norwich City star Max Aarons this summer. The full-back is likely to cost north of £30m, and has earned a big-money move away with a stellar season at Carrow Road. (SkyBet)
Cardiff City and Watford have been tipped to go head-to-head to sign Sheffield Wednesday ace Adam Reach this summer. The Owls' £5m signing is yet to agree terms on a new deal, and looks likely to leave the club this summer. (Football League World)
Preston North End are rumoured to have made an approach for Middlesbrough midfielder Lewis Wing in the last transfer window. He ended up going to Rotherham United on loan instead, and has been a key player for the relegation-threatened side. (The 72)
Portsmouth skipper Tom Naylor has revealed he's eager to play Championship football, and hinted that he could leave the club if they aren't promoted this season. His contract expires at the end of the current campaign. (The News)