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Chris Kirchner hints at five factors that attracted him to Preston as £40m takeover draws closer

Chris Kirchner’s Preston takeover is moving ever closer, and he has fielded some non-North End questions that give an insight into his pursuit.

Kirchner has emerged as the likely owner of North End having recently shown a strong interest in purchasing the club.

Having been to Deepdale, visited the facilities and watched games from the United States, Kirchner is moving to take over the club.

A £40million deal is thought to be close with Garry Cook and Paul Stretford understood to be coming on board with Kirchner too.

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There is still work to be done before a deal can be announced, but the American businessman is closing in now.

The CEO and founder of American logistics company has been fielding questions on Twitter this afternoon.

Unfortunately, Kirchner couldn’t answer direct questions about his move for Preston with the deal still being discussed.

Kirchner did though drop a few hints here and there and answered just what exactly he was looking for when he started chasing a football club.

Kircher showed a real interest in buying Derby County earlier this season but pulled out of the race back in December.

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Preston is now the focus and Kirchner laid out his five main criteria when looking for a club to buy.

Kirchner claims the history and fan base of the club were vital whilst seeing untapped potential in them too.

Kirchner also wanted key assets in terms of facilities and knowledge of compliance with financial fair play, with Preston seemingly ticking the boxes.

North End have never played in the Premier League but have a storied history, so you can understand why Kirchner was attracted to Preston.

We may not be seen as being on a par with Derby in terms of size, but there is certainly potential for Kirchner to turn North End into a major force in the Championship.

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