Report: Preston want to sign Lyon striker Reo Griffiths

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According to The Mirror, Preston North End are in the race to sign Lyon striker Reo Griffiths on loan this summer.

It’s claimed that Lyon want to loan out Griffiths this summer, in order to see how he fares in senior football for the first time.

That stance has sparked interest in England, with Preston one of three teams believed to be keen on landing Griffiths.

Sheffield Wednesday and relegated Charlton Athletic are interested too, with all three claimed to have been tracking his situation.

Griffiths, 20, was a wonderkid at Tottenham Hotspur, smashing 41 goals and 12 assists in 44 appearances for Tottenham’s Under-18’s.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 16: Reo Griffiths of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his teams second goal of the game during the FA Youth Cup match between Bournemouth U18 and Tottenham Hotspur U18 at Vitality Stadium on January 16, 2018 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

The striker added three goals and one assist in the UEFA Youth League, and whilst Spurs had high hopes for him, he chose to leave for Lyon in 2018.

Griffiths is yet to make his first-team debut for Lyon, but has again been playing in UEFA Youth League action for the French side.

The London-born talent now needs senior game time, and Preston certainly need another striker this summer, without much of a budget to bring one in.

Taking Griffiths on loan may be one solution, though we have seen young strikers blow hot and cold here; Stephy Mavididi and Lukas Nmecha come to mind in recent times.

Griffiths showed himself to be quick and strong at Tottenham, possessing the ability to carry the ball whilst making smart runs in behind defences – and that could be hugely appealing to Alex Neil.

ENFIELD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 06: Reo Griffiths of Tottenham Hotspur scores his teams first goal during the UEFA Youth League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nicosia at on December 6, 2017 in Enfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

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