Wayne Rooney has previously hailed 'fantastic' Nathan Byrne as Preston eye bargain deal
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Wayne Rooney has previously hailed 'fantastic' Nathan Byrne as Preston eye bargain deal

Preston are being linked with Nathan Byrne – and Wayne Rooney has previously raved about the Derby County wing back.

North End look set to back Ryan Lowe with a raft of new signings this summer.

We have known this for a little while now but just look at Preston’s retained list.

13 players released, four loanees returning to their parent club and three players transfer listed.

That’s 20 players for the chopping block and even more could go this summer if Lowe gets his top targets.

Lowe wants players who are ready to go in the Championship, which likely means targeting a level of player Preston don’t usually pursue.

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Preston are being linked with Nathan Byrne

The latest rumour surrounds Derby County ace Byrne with Preston allegedly keen on a deal.

Football Insider claim that Preston are fighting Millwall and Stoke City for Byrne’s signature.

The 29-year-old is out of contract this summer and looks set to leave Derby for nothing.

Byrne has racked up almost 200 Championship appearances across spells with Wolves, Wigan Athletic and Derby.

That’s the kind of experience Lowe is seeking and being available for free only makes Byrne all the more appealing.

A true wing back on the right side, Byrne seems to tick the boxes for North End.

So what does Lowe’s fellow Liverpudlian Wayne Rooney think of Byrne?

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Rooney has been coaching Byrne at Derby and praised him as ‘fantastic’ last season even after a mistake against Coventry City.

Rooney also named Byrne as a contender for Derby’s Player of the Year award, though the award ended up going to Curtis Davies instead.

It’s clear that Rooney thought very highly of Byrne having started him in 41 Championship games last season; a major show of faith from the England legend.

Other managers have hailed Byrne too, with his ex-Wigan boss Paul Cook praising him for being a reliable player and a great leader.

Those are attributes that Lowe would surely love at Preston and Byrne is a name to keep a close eye on with North End seeking a wing back.

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