According to TEAMtalk, Preston are one of the clubs to have made contact with Northampton Town about signing defender Charlie Goode.
It’s claimed that Championship rivals Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers also want Goode, with Sunderland interested too.
The report notes that Goode is valued at £1million by Northampton, which would be double their record sale in the transfer market.
Who is Charlie Goode?
Goode turns 25 today, and has had spells in non-league with Harefield United, Hadley, AFC Hayes and Hendon having been released by Fulham as a teenager.
After four years with Scunthorpe United, Goode joined Northampton permanently last summer, and hasn’t looked back since.
Goode was appointed Cobblers captain last summer, and has led the club to League One through the League Two playoffs, beating Exeter City at Wembley Stadium in June.
A giant 6ft 5in centre back, Goode is a dominant player in the air and a strong defender, whilst he has been an attacking weapon too thanks to his long throw-ins.
Would he fit in at Preston?
In one sense, yes; North End have recently gone for players in their mid-20’s from League One or League Two clubs, and Goode ticks those boxes.
However, much like the Ben Heneghan link last week, it doesn’t quite add up in other areas. Goode is a giant centre back, but Preston have two of them already in Patrick Bauer and Paul Huntington.
If North End are to bring in another defender, it would surely be as a replacement for Ben Davies should he leave, meaning a quick, ball-playing defender – preferably left-footed – would be wanted.
Goode isn’t that kind of player, so we’re chalking this rumour down to agent talk rather than any concrete interest from Preston.