Preston quickly played down speculation linking them with Paul Mullin – and he has remarkably ended up in non-league football with Wrexham.
Mullin was sensational for Cambridge United last season, smashing 32 goals in 46 league games to fire Mark Bonner’s side to League One.
The 26-year-old’s contract expired at the end of the season, and Football Insider reported that Preston were interested in signing Mullin on a free transfer.
The Lancashire Evening Post added that Mullin had been offered up to Preston, but North End had said no and weren’t interested in a deal.
Mullin was linked with Blackburn Rovers too, but he won’t be playing in the Championship. He won’t be staying in League One with Cambridge. He won’t even be dropping back into League Two, which he dominated last season.
Instead, Mullin is dropping back into non-league football after Wrexham struck a stunning deal to sign Mullin.
Now owned by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, Wrexham are looking to back into the Football League and are willing to spend to achieve that goal.
Fans wanted Louis Moult back, but they have instead signed Mullin in a move that has left Football League and non-league fans stunned.
Mullin should excel with Wrexham, and dropping down the leagues will likely ensure that Preston’s stance on him doesn’t change moving forward.