Grant McCann admits signing Preston target Regan Slater is proving 'difficult'

Preston do have a number of midfield options already, but they have been linked with another addition to bolster Frankie McAvoy’s options.

North End have Ryan Ledson, Ben Whiteman, Daniel Johnson, Alan Browne, Tom Bayliss and Brad Potts who can all play in central midfield roles.

Yet with Paul Gallagher retired and Jayson Molumby back at Brighton, Preston are looking at other options – including Regan Slater.

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Preston’s interest in Slater

Yorkshire Live reported in May that Preston were interested in signing Slater from Sheffield United after a loan spell at Hull City last season.

North End were battling with Hull for his signature, and Slater’s preference appeared to be staying with the Tigers either on loan or permanently.

The 21-year-old impressed last season, and with Grant McCann branding him ‘really energetic’, he clearly rates him highly.

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McCann now fears missing out

Hull boss McCann has been quoted by the Hull Daily Mail as saying that the deal for Slater is now proving to be ‘difficult’.

The arrival of new Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic appears to be a problem, as he may choose to take a look at Slater in pre-season.

That means Hull and Preston are left waiting to see what happens at Bramall Lane, and may turn to other targets rather than stall their plans just for Slater.

“Regan’s a difficult one really,”said McCann. “As you know, Sheffield United took the option on Regan’s contract. We are talking to Sheffield United on that, but we’ll see.”

“We’d love to get Regan in, there’s no question about that, we’d love to get him in to the football club, but at this present time it’s a little bit difficult because the manager may want to look at Regan in pre-season. We’re trying, but there’s other options,” he added.

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