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Rumour Mill: Preston closing in on signing free agent Cyrus Christie

Preston are chasing Cyrus Christie and hope to have the free agent right wing back snapped up in the coming week.

North End will be desperate to add a right wing back this summer with Ryan Lowe clearly unhappy with the options at his disposal.

Joe Rafferty’s contract wasn’t renewed and Matthew Olosunde – who only arrived last summer – has been transfer-listed.

Brad Potts fared well in that role but isn’t a natural, meaning another option is ultimately needed moving forward.

We have seen the likes of Marlon Fossey and Nathan Byrne linked in recent times, but Christie is now the strongest rumour.

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Preston are chasing Cyrus Christie

The Sun’s Alan Nixon reports that Preston are closing in on a deal for free agent Christie as he prepares to leave Fulham.

Fulham confirmed late in May that they will not be renewing Christie’s contract this summer.

Christie cost Fulham £3.5million back in 2018 but they’re now letting him leave for nothing.

The 29-year-old wing back spent last season on loan at Swansea City, bagging three goals and four assists in 23 appearances.

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Christie certainly fits the mould of being a robust Championship player having racked up more than 250 second-tier appearances.

The Irish international – therefore a teammate of Seani Maguire and Alan Browne – will be attracting plenty of Championship interest this summer.

Having shown his attacking threat for many years in the Championship, this would feel like a real coup for North End.

An interesting note is that Nixon usually reports these stories on a Sunday but has gone early with this Christie report, possibly suggesting the a deal is close.

Rumour rating: 8/10. Christie ticks the boxes of being experienced in the Championship whilst also being attack-minded and quick. Christie’s free agent status is incredibly appealing though his wages do give us a reason to be sceptical. Still, Nixon was first to report Preston’s interest in Andre Gray and Freddie Woodman this summer, so these claims have some weight to them.

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