Preston are at the front of the queue with Millwall for Oxford United midfielder Cameron Brannagan, according to Football Insider.
It’s claimed that North End and Millwall are leading the hunt for Brannagan, who could leave Oxford at the end of the season.
If Oxford don’t win promotion, Brannagan is thought to be keen on moving on, seemingly feeling that he is ready to try his hand at the Championship.
Millwall have been long-term admirers, but Preston are not thought to be right at the head of the race with them ahead of the transfer window.
This may seem strange; Preston have a bunch of midfielders right now. However, Paul Gallagher’s playing days may be over, Tom Bayliss still isn’t getting a look-in and Jayson Molumby is heading back to Brighton and Hove Albion.
There may well be room for Brannagan to come in, and a move would see him reunite with Ryan Ledson having played together at Oxford in 2018.
Brannagan hails from Manchester, so a move back up north could appeal to him, and he was highly rated at Liverpool – just like Ledson was at Everton.
The 24-year-old was once wanted by Barcelona and Real Madrid, so there is clearly some talent there, even if he had to drop down to League One to eventually move back up.
Brannagan would be a coup for Preston, but battling Millwall won’t be easy, and Oxford will be in no mood to sell him on the cheap this summer.