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Report: Preston show interest in signing Birmingham City target Jake Bidwell

Preston are understood to be monitoring the situation of Swansea City left back Jake Bidwell ahead of a possible bid this month.

Wales Online claim that North End have been eyeing up Bidwell as a possible solution to the current left back issues at Deepdale.

Andrew Hughes and Greg Cunningham are seen as left-sided centre backs under Ryan Lowe, leaving Josh Earl as the only left wing back.

Earl has been up and down this season, so many Preston fans are expecting a signing to compete with him this month.

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Wigan Athletic’s Tom Pearce is one option, but Bidwell is now being linked too.

We understand there is some interest from Preston in Bidwell this month, and that North End actually wanted to sign him back in 2019.

Bidwell was a free agent after leaving Queens Park Rangers then, but chose a move to Swansea.

Bidwell has been a regular for Swansea ever since, but now hasn’t played since November 24th.

It’s worth noting that Swansea haven’t played in the league since December 11th, but was left out against Reading, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest and then Southampton in the cup.

The 28-year-old suddenly seems to be out of favour under Russell Martin, heightening rumours that he can leave this month.

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Birmingham City are also keen on Bidwell, viewing him as a possible replacement for Kristian Pedersen.

Bidwell hails from Southport though, and if he fancies a move back to the North West, Preston make sense.

Bidwell came through at Everton, working under Neil Dewsnip. Dewsnip then worked as Ryan Lowe’s director of football at Plymouth, meaning there could be a recommendation there if Lowe and Dewsnip are still on good terms.

Turning 29 in March, Bidwell doesn’t quite fit as a young up-and-comer, but he has bags of Championship experience and is no stranger to a wing back role.

Bidwell may not set pulses racing at Deepdale, but you can absolutely understand why Preston would be keen.

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