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Preston takeover state of play as three updates emerge on Chris Kirchner's bid

American businessman Chris Kirchner remains interested in taking over Preston North End, but the deal still has some way to go yet.

Kirchner has been showing an interest in taking over at Deepdale for a number of weeks now.

From attending the 0-0 draw against Huddersfield Town to watching the 1-0 win over Peterborough United from the United States, Kirchner has been active in his pursuit of North End.

Having missed out on taking over at Derby County earlier this season, Kirchner appears to have switched his attention to Preston.

With help from ex-Manchester City chief Garry Cook and Wayne Rooney’s former agent Paul Stretford, Kirchner has a team around him to secure a football club.

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At the back end of February, Kirchner indicated there would be ‘something to share soon’, but that has yet to happen a couple of weeks on.

So where are we now?

A few updates have emerged in the last couple of days, so let’s dig into them.

The first came from The Sun’s Alan Nixon, who claimed that Kirchner’s bid to buy Preston is ‘advancing’.

The belief is that Kirchner’s move is heading in the right direction, but takeovers ultimately take time to go through.

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There were murmurings on Monday that Kirchner’s deal had been agreed, but North End have quashed that.

A statement released through the Preston Supporters Collective indicated that no interested party has met any of the requirements to get a deal done.

That dampened spirits a little, but Lancs Live claim that discussions have been positive and news would likely arrive early in April.

That means news could come around the time of the Blackpool home game, which could really spark a new era at Preston.

Hang tight – either way, we will likely know the outcome of Kirchner’s move for Preston within a few weeks.

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