Preston North End are being linked with Brighton and Hove Albion striker Evan Ferguson ahead of the January transfer window.
With league action taking a back seat in England’s top two leagues, you can expect many more rumours to come in the weeks ahead.
The World Cup may be taking centre stage now but EFL clubs will be working hard to find potential signings for January.
North End will be no different with Ryan Lowe no doubt hoping to bolster his squad and a new striker will be on his wish list.
The Daily Mail now claim that PNE fancy signing Brighton talent Ferguson on loan for the second half of the season.
It’s suggested that North End are in a rather crowded race for the teenager, alongside Sheffield United, Millwall, Middlesbrough, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town.
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Ferguson, 18, made his first senior appearance for the Republic of Ireland on Thursday, coming on as a late substitute for his international debut.
North End already have a number of Irish internationals and Brighton may believe that sending Ferguson to be around the likes of Robbie Brady, Alan Browne and Troy Parrott on a daily basis can help his development.
The teenage striker joined Brighton from Bohemians in January 2021 as the Seagulls beat competition from Liverpool.
Ferguson has now hit five goals in six Premier League 2 games and his one senior appearance for Brighton – in the EFL Cup against Forest Green Rovers in August – saw him bag a goal and an assist.
Possessing similar versatility to Parrott in terms of being able to play out wide or up front, Ferguson may suit Lowe’s approach especially as he can help shift from 3-5-2 to 3-4-2-1.
Ferguson is now a name to keep a close eye on ahead of the January window but PNE will seemingly face intense competition for the promising young attacker.