According to the Daily Mail, Preston are looking at Walsall striker Josh Gordon ahead of a possible bid for him this summer.

It’s claimed that North End are one of three Championship clubs looking at Gordon, with Barnsley and Millwall also interested in signing him.

Gordon is allegedly valued at just £250,000, as he has just one year left on his deal at the Bescot Stadium and could be sold before he leaves for free.

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BARNSLEY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 08: Josh Gordon of Walsall during the Sky Bet League One match between Barnsley and Walsall at Oakwell Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Barnsley, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)


Who is Josh Gordon?

Gordon started his career with hometown club Stoke City, but dropped into non-league football with Newcastle Town, Nantwich Town, Rhyl and Stafford Rangers.

Leicester City snapped him up in 2017 having seen him show promise at Stafford, but he failed to break through with the Foxes and moved on to Walsall in 2018.

Gordon bagged 12 goals and one assist in 40 games last season, whilst he picked up nine goals and six assists in the 2018-19 campaign too.

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SHREWSBURY, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Josh Gordon of Walsall during the Sky Bet League One match between Shrewsbury Town and Walsall at New Meadow on May 4, 2019 in Shrewsbury, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Would Gordon make sense for Preston?

Gordon is a diminutive striker with impressive movement, meaning he would fit more as a striker working off a partner rather than playing up top on his own.

Gordon is though better in the air than you would imagine, and has the versatility to play on either flank if needed.

The concern will be that Gordon turns 26 in January and has yet to play above League Two. Preston would be banking on him being a late bloomer, and would have to hope that he enjoys more success than Josh Ginnelly, the last signing from Walsall.

Gordon may just be one option on the radar at a bargain price, but it’s hard to imagine that he is being viewed as the answer to Preston’s striking issues.

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