Well, it did seem a little unlikely. It already seems that any Preston hopes of signing Kieffer Moore are over.

Reports from the Daily Mail last week claimed that North End were looking to sign Moore, who has been a long-term target at Deepdale.

Preston looked at him as a replacement for Jordan Hugill in 2018, but couldn’t secure a deal with Barnsley.

The giant 6ft 5in striker went on to score 19 goals for Barnsley in the 2018-19 season, and earned a big £3million move to Wigan Athletic last summer.

WIGAN, ENGLAND – JULY 08: Wigan Athletic’s Kieffer Moore during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers at DW Stadium on July 8, 2020 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Moore has notched nine goals this term, as well as recording five assists. The 27-year-old has also become a Welsh international this season, bagging two goals in five caps.

Moore is big, strong and dangerous in the air, whilst also being mobile and willing to press from the front, making him ideal for North End and Alex Neil.

However, Paul Joyce of The Times now claims that Queens Park Rangers have had a bid of £2million to £2.5million accepted for Moore.

Wigan are in financial turmoil right now, meaning key players may well be sold on to raise funds, with Moore possibly the first to go.

Just as North End wanted in 2018, QPR are now set to replace Hugill with Moore, and leave Preston to look elsewhere.

It’s hard to see Preston matching that kind of money in the current climate, so Moore may be one that got away once again.

CARDIFF, WALES – NOVEMBER 19: Kieffer Moore of Wales celebrates at the full time whistle during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Wales and Hungary so at Cardiff City Stadium on November 19, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

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