Preston North End striker Louis Moult is attracting loan interest from three as yet unnamed sides, The Lancashire Evening Post have reported.
Moult joined Preston from Scottish side Motherwell in January 2018 for a reported fee of £450,000, but injury problems and struggles for form mean the 27-year-old has endured a difficult time at Deepdale.
The striker has made a total of 38 appearances in all competitions for the Lancashire club, scoring seven times, but was not included in the matchday squad for Preston’s 1-0 defeat to Millwall on the opening day of the Championship season over the weekend.
Now it looks as though Moult could be set for a temporary departure from Deepdale, with reports claiming that a Championship side has taken an interest in Moult, while clubs from League One and Scotland are also said to be interested in a move for the 27-year-old.
If Moult does move elsewhere on loan, then Preston would be left with Sean Maguire, Jayden Stockley and the recently re-signed David Nugent as the club’s main centre forward options for the coming season.
There are two years remaining on Moult’s current contract with Preston, securing his future with the club until the summer of 2021.
This is an interesting one.
Having been a far from regular feature for Preston last season, you can understand why the club and player would be open to a move away for the coming campaign, in order to give Moult more first-team opportunities.
However, that would leave Alex Neil’s side with only three out and out centre forward options, and that feels like a risk given Nugent has yet to return from injury, meaning any other fitness problems could potentially leave them short upfront.
You feel therefore, that Preston may be better off securing a fresh striking option before allowing Moult to head out on loan, something which would still be possible given the later transfer deadline in both League One and in Scotland.