Rangers and Preston are both interested in signing Kilmarnock attacker Eamonn Brophy, according to the Daily Mail.

North End are a striker short with Louis Moult out injured for the season, whilst Seani Maguire has been playing on the left flank. Jayden Stockley and David Nugent have fared well lately, but another striker is a must in January.

In the last two January windows, North End have signed a striker. In 2018, it was Moult; just a year later, Stockley arrived too. Now, it seems that Alex Neil has another in mind.

Eamonn Brophy (L) of Scotland challenges for the ball with Kostas Laifis (R) of Cyprus. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

It’s claimed that Neil wants a reunion with Kilmarnock forward Brophy, having worked together at Hamilton Academical. Rangers are also thought to be interested, but Preston are particularly keen.

Neil gave Brophy his big break at Hamilton, having previously been on the books at Celtic. A move to Kilmarnock followed in 2017, where he scored 20 times in his first two seasons.

This term, the 23-year-old has seen his form dip. He’s only managed four goals under Angelo Alessio this season, and with just 18 months left on his deal at Killie, Preston may feel there’s a chance to buy low.

Ryan Porteous of Hibernian goes up against Eamonn Brophy (R) of Kilmarnock. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

A Scotland international with one cap to his name, Brophy can play wide or up front. It’s likely that Preston would see him as a striker, but with options needed on the left flank too, Brophy could fit in both positions.

Neil may believe he can get the best out of Brophy having worked together before, and with Brophy keen to further his international career, a move to the Championship may be appealing.

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