Lee Bowyer confirms bid rejected from mystery club for Preston target Macauley Bonne

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Preston North End need to find a striker – and Charlton Athletic’s Macauley Bonne has been touted as an option.

The Sun reported last month that Preston were ready to make a £500,000 bid for Bonne following Charlton’s relegation to League One.

TalkSPORT now claim that Charlton have indeed received a bid from an unnamed Championship club for Bonne.

Macauley Bonne of Charlton Athletic runs with the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round Match between West Ham United and Charlton Athletic at London Stadium on September 15, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Boss Lee Bowyer has since told Louis Mendez that a bid has indeed been offered to Charlton, but they have rejected it and told the interested club that Bonne is not for sale.

So, could it be Preston? It would certainly make a lot of sense, given that Bonne bagged 11 goals in his first Championship campaign last season.

The 24-year-old would give Alex Neil a real goal threat in attack, and he still has plenty of room to develop into a saleable asset for Preston.

WIGAN, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 21: Macauley Bonne of Charlton Athletic runs with the ball under pressure from Charlie Mulgrew of Wigan Athletic during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Charlton Athletic at DW Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Bonne cost £200,000 from Leyton Orient last summer, and Charlton may well end up wanting three figures for their top striker.

That could price Preston out, but with a precarious financial situation at The Valley, Preston may hope to pile pressure on Charlton to sell.

Charlton going public may also be a tactic to either force Preston’s hand, or encourage bids from other clubs. We wouldn’t be surprised at all if Preston are the team in question, but the initial rejection will be a concern.

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