According to The Scottish Sun, Preston are in the race for Hamilton Academical defender Scott McMann.

It’s claimed that Stoke City and Wigan Athletic have both been tracking McMann, but Alex Neil is also eyeing him in a raid on his former club.

McMann is allegedly valued at around £500,000, and a move to England looks to be a real possibility after impressing in the Scottish Premiership so far this season.

The 23-year-old has been a regular at left back under Brian Rice this season, picking up two goals and two assists. He has been a set-piece taker for the Accies, and has offered real threat going forward.

Hamilton’s Scott McMann beats East Kilbride’s Scott Stevenson. (Photo by Christian Cooksey/Getty Images)

Preston undoubtedly need another left back; Andrew Hughes has endured injury woes this season, Joe Rafferty isn’t a natural left back and Josh Earl’s future may be at centre back.

McMann fits the bill for Preston as a result, and he’s even had some experience at centre back too. Alex Neil will be familiar with McMann, as the defender has been in the Hamilton system since 2008, and he even gave McMann his debut in April 2013.

This isn’t the first time Neil has been linked with players he knows from back at Hamilton. Midfielder Greg Docherty and striker Eamonn Brophy have both been touted for reunions with Neil, whilst Michael Devlin was linked in January 2017; all three were at Hamilton under Neil.

McMann makes sense for a number of reasons, and whilst there is rival interest, Neil may hope the lure of a reunion can help Preston win the race.

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