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Preston North End transfer round-up: Leicester agreement on course, 22-year-old could leave, Odimayo twist

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Preston North End are entering 2021/22 under the management of Frankie McAvoy, looking for a solid Championship campaign as they fully adapt to life without Alex Neil. 

A strong end to last year saw Preston manage to climb to 13th in the table under McAvoy, who picked up the pieces well having replaced Neil at Deepdale.

The Championship looks like it will be a much tougher division in the coming campaign, though, with Preston needing to be at their absolute best to be anything like competitive against some big spending power.

In terms of incomings and outgoings at Deepdale, there’s a few headlines bubbling away at this moment in time, which we run you through here:

Daniel Iversen 

Iversen featured for Leicester City over the weekend in a pre-season friendly, but he’s still expected to return to Preston for another loan spell in 2021/22.

That’s according to Lancashire Live, who insist he remains down the pecking order at Leicester and Preston-bound.

The 24-year-old impressed at Deepdale last season having arrived on loan from Leicester. He made 23 appearances in the Championship, contributing to Preston’s 13th-placed finish.

Tom Bayliss

It’s been claimed by Football Insider that Preston are willing to give Bayliss the green-light to move out of Deepdale on loan for the 2021/22 campaign.

The 22-year-old has a number of admirers in the Championship and there are options to head out to League One already materialising.

Bayliss managed only 11 appearances in the Championship last season, two of which were starts.

Akin Odimayo

TEAMtalk have previously reported that Preston are amongst a host of Championship clubs eyeing free agent, Odimayo, following his release from Swindon Town.

As yet, nothing has materialised in terms of the defender arriving at Preston or one of their Championship rivals.

In fact, Ben Garner, has explained to the Swindon Advertiser that he is still open to Odimayo signing up again with Swindon: “I’ve had a conversation with Akin where I’ve explained where I see him in a football sense.

“He had a good chat about things he wanted to talk about, and it’s now a case of whether he wants to stay or not. We’d love to have him back, but it’s a decision that he has to make.

“I absolutely see him as a first-team player for us. He did well in League One last season.

“I think he’s got really good potential – we think he’s very coachable. Scott Marshall worked with him at Reading and knows him well.

“We see him as a first-team player that can not only play for us but do well.”

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Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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