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John Sheridan surprised after hearing Preston want Akin Odimayo

Preston are being linked with a whole host of potential signings – despite not even having a manager in place.

James Collins, Otis Khan and Gwion Edwards are just some of the names touted for moves to Deepdale, and Akin Odimayo is another name suggested.

TEAMtalk reported last week that Preston are interested in the Swindon Town defender, with Derby County, Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday also keen.

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Odimayo, 21, came up through the ranks at Reading, but left the club last summer after making just one first-team appearance.

Swindon took him in, snapping him up on a free transfer and giving him first-team football in League One, making 35 appearances this term.

Capable of playing at centre back or right back, Odimayo has potential for the future, but his own manager seems surprised by the rumours.

Swindon boss John Sheridan has told the Swindon Advertiser that he does understand why teams would be interested, but doesn’t see Odimayo as being ready for Championship football yet.

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Sheridan feels that Odimayo is inconsistent needs to push himself more in order to be a key player at Swindon before making a move, which should be something of a red flag for North End.

“I’m not aware of any interest – I haven’t seen that anywhere,” said Sheridan. “I can see why teams are interested, but he’s been in and out of the team here. He’s performed well at times and then he hasn’t performed well.”

“He’s a young lad who’s learning the game, and he’s got a lot to learn still. He needs to push himself a lot more to firstly get a regular starting place and make it so that a manager has no doubt in his mind that he’s going to turn up. He needs to be consistently performing well if it’s Championship clubs looking at him and a move does work out, but first and foremost, he needs to concentrate on what he’s doing at Swindon and try to get a regular starting spot in the team,” he added.

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