It looks as though it could be a busy summer of business for Preston North end when the transfer window reopens.
Having been reasonably quiet throughout both the summer and winter markets this season, it does seem as though Alex Neil’s side will have to strengthen when the market returns, whether that be in preparation for a return to the top-flight, or another push for a place in the Championship play-offs next season.
However, while that may be the case, that does not necessarily mean that Preston will have to splash the cash on just any potential target that emerge for a possible move to Deepdale.
Here, we take a look at two recent Preston transfer links that should probably have been avoided, in order to show how that can be the case.
With current Preston number one Declan Rudd’s contract coming to an end at the conclusion of this season, and little in way of an experienced back up currently at the club, it is possible they will need to add to their goalkeeping ranks in the summer.
That is something that North End have seemingly looked to address previously, with the Lancashire club one of several to be linked with Northampton’s David Cornell in the lead up to the January transfer window.
At 29-years-old, Cornell is in the peak of his career at the moment, but a move to the Championship would be a big step up from the League Two level he is currently at, especially considering he has never played above the third-tier before, which makes you wonder whether he would be capable of establishing himself as a number one for a club pushing for promotion to the Premier League at the very least.
One deal that Preston did complete in the summer transfer window that ultimately may have been better off being left alone, is the loan signing of Andre Green from Aston Villa, who was brought in seemingly with the aim of adding some extra firepower to a North End forward line that looked short on numbers.
In the end however, Green never really got much of a chance to make that happen, with the 21-year-old making just six appearances in all competitions for North End, scoring once in a League Cup win over Bradford.
Green’s loan with Preston would then be cut short in January as a result of that lack of game time, with the attacker joining Championship rivals Charlton on loan, going on to score his first goal for the Addicks at Deepdale, although it would be North End who had the last laugh, coming from behind to win 2-1 with former Addicks man Patrick Bauer heading home the winner.