Preston North End boss Alex Neil has played down speculation linking the club with a move for Wigan Athletic striker Kieffer Moore.

The Daily Mail reported on Thursday that North End wanted to raid the cash-strapped Latics to bring Moore to Deepdale.

Wigan are set to enter administration, and that may mean that first-team players have to be flogged in order to raise funds.

It would be no great surprise if Moore is wanted at North End. Preston first looked at him in 2018, and wanted to sign him from Barnsley.

WIGAN, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Kieffer Moore of Wigan Athletic celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Hull City at DW Stadium on July 14, 2020 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

As a tall, physical and mobile striker who can press from the front and be a real nuisance, it makes sense that Neil and co wanted Moore as a replacement for Jordan Hugill.

Sadly, no deal materialised. Moore went on to score 19 goals in the 2018-19 season, and earned a £3million move to Wigan Athletic last summer.

The 27-year-old has notched nine goals and five assists this season, whilst he has also become a Welsh international with two goals in five caps.

Moore is an ideal fit for North End, but of course, Preston’s budget will be a problem in the pursuit of any Championship-level striker.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Preston North End’s manager Alex Neil is interviewed by the media after the match during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Nottingham Forest at Deepdale on July 11, 2020 in Preston, England. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Now, Neil has spoken to Lancs Live and suggested that the rumours of Moore heading to Preston are just speculation, and believes that his agent is just doing his job by getting Moore’s name out there – but didn’t entirely rule out such a move.

“It’s speculation, we get linked to players all the time,” Neil commented. “I think that’s just naturally because we’re getting closer to the transfer window.”

“This isn’t a conversation that we’ve had for the last couple of months, but the window opens in 11 days. Wigan are in administration, so his agent will be doing what his agent should be doing,” he added.

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