Preston transfer news: Lilywhites step up chase for £2.5m man, Nottingham Forest could land £10m transfer boost

Preston North End are gearing up for a busy summer, as they look to add some more talent to their squad and push on towards the play-off places next season.

Monday, 31st May 2021, 7:09 pm
Championship transfer news

The Lilywhites finished last season in 13th place, and will be looking to take the strong positive momentum from the excellent end to the 2020/21 campaign straight into the upcoming campaign.

Meanwhile, Preston's pre-season friendly schedule is coming together nicely, with games against the likes of Bamber Bridge, Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers and Scottish giants Celtic now on the cards as the side look to get themselves fighting fit for the 2020/21 season.

The Lilywhites will have their pre-season training camp in Scotland, and will also have a game against Scottish Premiership outfit St Johnstone, who finished fifth in the top tier last season.

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Luton Town midfielder Joe Morrell has been tipped to leave the club this summer in search of regular first team football. The Wales international, who is in his country's Euro 2020 squad, made just ten Hatters appearances last season. (The 72)

Elsewhere, former Preston star Steve Wilkinson has been discussing the club's progression under new manager Frankie McAvoy, and said: “It can’t be easy when you have always been a right-hand man, a support network for the boss. “It’s like, ‘Right you’re the boss now’.

I remember with Gary (Peters), I would not go as far as to say he was tough but we always knew who was the boss, who was picking the team. But he gave us that freedom to express ourselves within the boundaries of the team’s structure.”

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:

Reading are believed to have been set an asking price of around £4.3m to sign Benfica man Alfa Semedo on a permanent deal. However, he could instead join the club on a more cost-effective loan move again next season. (Sport Witness)
Leeds United-linked star Michael Olise could be set for a move to Ligue 1 instead this summer, with French Champions Lille said to be chasing the highly-rated Reading youngster. His asking price could be in the region of £10m. (Team Talk)
Recently-promoted Watford have been linked with a move for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, who is likely to command a fee of around £15m. The 22-year-old score an impressive 16 goals in 17 matches during his time with England's U21s. (Mirror
Fulham and West Brom have both been credited with an interest in Barnsley's loan sensation Daryl Dike. The 20-year-old scored nine goals in 21 games for the Tykes last season, and would cost the Tykes £17m to sign on a permanent deal. (Team Talk)
Ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been named the fresh favourite for the Crystal Palace job, after talks over taking the Celtic job broke down. Burnley's Sean Dyche and Swansea City manager Steve Cooper. (SkyBet)
Turkish giants Galatasaray are the latest club to show an interest in Sheffield United starlet Ismaila Coulibaly, and are rumoured to have made a bid just under £13m to sign him. However, the Blades are expected to hold out for more. (Sky Sports)
Bristol City are the latest side to be linked with a move for free agent Joe Pigott, who left AFC Wimbledon at the end of last season after scoring 20 goals over the course of the 2020/21 League One campaign. (Bristol Post)
Further reports have suggested that Preston North End have made Liam Lindsay one of their key transfers for the summer transfer window. He impressed on loan in the second half of last season for the Lilywhites, and could join permanently. (The Sun)
Burnley could be set to launch a move for Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, who could cost around £10m. He's reportedly being eyed as a more cost-effective alternative to Stoke City's Nathan Collins, who could cost over £15m. (The Sun)