Reports of Preston’s interest in Rhian Brewster came as something of a surprise.
The Telegraph reported on Sunday that North End are in the race for Brewster, with Liverpool ready to loan the striker out. With a number of other clubs keen, it promises to be a tough battle.
Brewster missed out on last night’s Carabao Cup tie with Aston Villa through injury, and more reports have emerged about his future today.
Goal report that Leeds United and Swansea City are real contenders for Brewster, and Liverpool plan to meet with three clubs this weekend to discuss deals.
Preston may well be one of those clubs, with a move making sense. Swansea may have Steve Cooper – Brewster’s former England youth coach – but they already have Borja Baston and Sam Surridge in their attack.
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Liverpool will have surely seen how Eddie Nketiah is struggling for starts at Leeds, so why would Brewster fare any better? It’s clear that Patrick Bamford is Marcelo Bielsa’s leading striker, and Brewster may be stuck in a bench role there.
Yet at Preston, there would be a real chance to play first-team football. Jayden Stockley and David Nugent have been sharing duties of late, and there’s a reasonable argument to suggest that Stockley is better off the bench as a Plan B target man.
That’s the kind of pitch Preston will be making to Liverpool if they do meet to discuss Brewster. Of the three clubs mentioned here, Preston is the closest to Liverpool, which may also be a bonus.
Liverpool may well want to have a deal lined up to be completed when the transfer window opens, and it would be some coup if North End can pull it off.