Preston North End have been struggling at the bottom end of the table this season and it appeared as though they were looking at bringing in defensive reinforcements in the shape of Tom Flanagan to help them out – but LancsLive has reported that it isn’t the case.
PNE have battled to some solid results in recent weeks, having seen off high-flying Luton and then been the first team to give Bournemouth a defeat this year after a 2-1 victory in midweek. The club were brought crashing back down to reality though with a 3-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest last weekend.
It means the Lilywhites are located in 17th place in the Championship table and they’ve shipped 22 goals so far this year. It isn’t the worst record but they’ve found themselves linked to defensive reinforcements over the last few days, with Tom Flanagan of Sunderland being the one name touted as a potential signing over summer via Football Insider.
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The 30-year-old has provided defensive stability to Sunderland so far this season with some battling displays and his workrate in cutting up and stopping opposition attacks at the back for the Black Cats this year.
It appeared to have led from interest from higher up the football pyramid – but, as far as Preston is concerned, it looks like they don’t have any interest in signing the player, with LancsLive reporting they are aware of no interest in Flanagan.
Instead, it paves the way for one of Middlesbrough or Bristol City to sign him instead – which means that the player could still end up in the second tier, even if it isn’t in the Lilywhite colours of Preston North End.
Preston have a number of defenders to turn to at the minute in Patrick Bauer, Jordan Storey, Sepp van den Berg and even Andrew Hughes has been playing in the centre this year. They could arguably do with some solid backup, so a player in that position wouldn’t be entirely surprising but a player like Tom Flanagan doesn’t really fit the bill.
At 30-years-old and with little experience in the second tier, there isn’t much resale value involved with him and there is also no guarantee he would be able to make the leap up. He was decent enough with Burton but that was during their battle against Championship relegation. Either way though, it looks like there will no link-up between Preston or the player anytime soon.