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Preston making progress in attempts to sign FA Cup winner

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Preston are interested in signing former Derby forward David Nugent, according to Sky Sports News [transfer centre 12/7, 15:43].

The club is reportedly holding talks with the 34-year-old, who is currently a free agent after the Rams released him last month.

The Lilywhites currently have five forwards already on the books but if Robinson departs for Sheffield United, which is looking increasingly likely, then Nugent could be brought in as a replacement.

Despite their various options they lack experienced Championship goalscorers, so the arrival of Nugent would solve that issue.

Nugent has almost 400 Championship appearances to his name, and he has scored 120 goals in that time for five different clubs, including Preston, who he played for between 2005-07.

At many of those clubs Nugent has been a key member of teams which have challenged at the top end of the division. He has won promotion to the Premier League on two occasions, as well as winning the FA Cup with Portsmouth.

The Verdict

This could be an inspired signing by Preston, but it will ultimately depend on how many games Nugent is able to play.

He may struggle to hold down a first-team place, but his impact off the bench should be a key threat. He still has poaching instinct and he can be lethal inside the box, making him different to the current strikers at the club.

However, if he is being viewed as a replacement for Robinson then fans should be concerned. Preston need pace up front and they will lack that if Robinson departs. Nugent should be brought in to support two main strikers, as he is no longer good enough to start regularly for a side aiming for the play-offs.


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