Preston North End confirmed their first piece of incoming business last week with the permanent acquisition of Liam Lindsay.
The Scottish defender put pen-to-paper on a two-year contract after impressing enough in his loan spell at the Lilywhites to secure a longer deal in Lancashire.
He is the first of what PNE fans will be hoping is many signings, with fellow loanees from last season Daniel Iversen and Sepp van den Berg thought to be close to rejoining North End.
There has been talk of Rotherham right-back Matthew Olosunde being a target for PNE as well but no update has occurred on that front – let’s see what news there is though coming out of Deepdale.
Stockley set for Charlton amid fresh twists
North End are involved in League One’s biggest transfer saga right now as striker Jayden Stockley is in high demand.
There’s been multiple twists and turns in the last 24 hours, with Pompey believed to have won the race for the 27-year-old to secure a player who scored eight times in the third tier last season when on loan at Charlton Athletic.
Local Portsmouth reports though insisted that work needed to be done to get it over the line amid strong interest from elsewhere – and it turned out that there was reason to worry.
That’s because Charlton have indeed trumped Pompey to the acquisition of Stockley, with the striker doing a u-turn on the agreed deal to link up with Nigel Adkins again, per HampshireLive.
Portsmouth News meanwhile revealed that the fee Portsmouth were going to pay for Stockley was £450,000, so you can assume that Charlton are paying similar but have managed to convince the player to return to London in what will be a bitter blow for Danny Cowley.
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Blackburn interest in striker PNE rejected
North End are in the market to strengthen their attack this summer, and it’s to be expected considering there was a real lack of goals from that area last season.
One player that won’t be heading to Deepdale is Paul Mullin, the 26-year-old striker who scored 33 times in 50 appearances for Cambridge last season.
The Lancashire Post revealed that Mullin was offered to the club but North End are pursuing other options – however he could end up at PNE’s rivals down the road in Blackburn Rovers.
FLW sources believe that Mullin is on Rovers’ radar as a potential Adam Armstrong replacement, and should he join the former Premier League winners he could make PNE regret passing on him when they face off.