Preston were linked with Antonios Papadopoulos earlier this summer and links to the Borussia Dortmund talent have now returned.

North End went into this transfer window knowing that they needed.

Two goalkeepers, two left wing backs, a playmaker, two strikers and a right wing back.

Most of that business has been done with just a right wing back and striker to go.


Yet if Preston were to focus on another position, we would suggest right-sided centre back as being an area of concern.

Preston were linked with Antonios Papadopoulos

Sepp van den Berg has returned to Liverpool and North End will absolutely miss the Dutchman.

Jordan Storey is playing as a right-sided centre back and whilst he has played his part in two clean sheets to start the season, there are still teething problems in terms of his ball progression.

Bambo Diaby is another option there but using him to build attacks may not be ideal.

There haven’t been many names mentioned for this role and it’s likely that North End will wait until at least January to look at that position.

Still, one rumour has re-emerged with Dormtund talent Papadopoulos mentioned once again.

German reports back in June suggested that Preston had an offer on the table for Papadopoulos, but faced a battle with Luton Town.

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Peter Ridsdale played down the rumour at the time, but it has emerged once again in Germany.

German newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten reported over the weekend that offers from Preston and Luton are still on the table, as relayed by Fussball Transfers.

Dortmund are considering offloading Papadopoulos in the final weeks of the window given that his contract ends next summer.

It’s very strange that the German press are going with this rumour again, but they seem confident that Papadopoulos is on North End’s radar.

We can’t see a move happening this summer though, and a deal in January would be doubtful too unless Dortmund hand Papadopoulos a new contract to protect his value.

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