Preston need a striker in January – but it doesn’t look like Rhian Brewster will be arriving at Deepdale.

North End are struggling for goals at the moment, having posted blanks in their six of their last nine games. With just five goals scored in that run, a lack of goals could prove very costly.

Billy Bodin and Tom Barkhuizen haven’t scored in their last nine and 11 games respectively, whilst Seani Maguire has just one in the last 17. Jayden Stockley and David Nugent are sharing the load up top, but the goals aren’t exactly flowing for either.

Rhian Brewster of Liverpool celebrates. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)


Alex Neil will surely look to sign a striker, and Brewster is one name linked of late. The Liverpool talent needs playing time, and a loan move away from Anfield seems inevitable in the transfer window.

The Athletic note that Preston are interested, but Swansea City have opened talks – and those claims are backed up by The Guardian, with the Swans seemingly in pole position to secure Brewster.

Swans boss Steve Cooper coached Brewster with the England Under-17’s, and with the Swans needing a striker too, a move to South Wales appears to make perfect sense for 20-year-old Brewster.

Rhian Brewster of England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

That would leave Preston going back to the drawing board, though it would be little surprise to see North End subsequently ask the question about current Swansea loanee Sam Surridge should Brewster join the Swans.

North End tracked Surridge closely at Oldham Athletic, and if Preston can tempt Bournemouth into scrapping Surridge’s Swansea loan to allow a Deepdale move, it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see it materialise.

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