The Lilywhites are likely to be busy in the summer market with Ryan Lowe looking to level up his squad and take the Lancashire side to new heights after being stuck in the second tier without firmly challenging for promotion.
Andre Gray and Gavin Bazunu are two players thought to be on their radar at this stage – but they may also need a centre-back or two with Paul Huntington leaving the club on the expiration of his contract and Sepp van den Berg returning to Liverpool following the end of his loan spell.
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However, they aren’t thought to be in the race for Boyle who is out of contract at Cheltenham in the summer, potentially enabling sides to seal a bargain deal for the central defender.
Huddersfield, however, are reported to be in the running and according to this morning’s report from Alan Nixon, he is set to arrive at the John Smith’s Stadium imminently as Carlos Corberan’s first signing.
With Naby Sarr out of contract and Levi Colwill returning to Chelsea, they are another side in need of centre-backs and they look set to win the race for Boyle’s signature.
Although it will be a tough ask for Boyle to fill the void left by Colwill – he could be a good backup option to have at first if Corberan wants to ease him into the second tier gently – something that may be beneficial for his confidence.
There is a chance he will struggle if thrown into the deep end by the Terriers, though he has shown enough at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium during the 2021/22 campaign to earn a move up to the second tier.
However, the Terriers will be expected to be in and amongst the promotion mix again next season after narrowly missing out against Nottingham Forest at Wembley, a potentially daunting factor for the 26-year-old to contend with.
However, he’s the sort of signing Huddersfield should be making. Set to sign on a free transfer, they could potentially make a big profit on the defender if he turns out to be a major success in West Yorkshire.
It’s a low-risk addition and considering how hungry the 26-year-old will be to make himself a success under Corberan, this signing seems like a no-brainer. Preston will have their own targets in mind though, so this news probably won’t be a blow to them.