Preston North End need a striker and are now being linked with a bizarre move for FC Haka striker Lee Erwin.

Ryan Lowe really wanted two strikers to arrive over the summer but was only able to bring in one forward.

Troy Parrott joined on loan from Tottenham Hotspur but managed just one goal before suffering a hamstring injury earlier this month.

Emil Riis hasn’t quite hit last season’s heights but has started to find the net again in recent weeks.


Riis needs help and it hasn’t really been coming in terms of goals from Ched Evans or Seani Maguire, who last found the net in November 2021.

The budget is tight but Lowe needs another striker in January and the rumours are bound to pick up ahead of the World Cup break.

One has emerged and we would forgive fans for turning their noses up.

Football Insider report that PNE are interested in signing FC Haha striker Lee Erwin.

It’s stated that North End and Hull City are both lining up contract offers to sign Erwin.

Erwin becomes a free agent at the end of the year and can move on for free on January 1st.

Erwin’s last game for Haka is on Sunday as they host VPS in the Veikkausliiga.

The 28-year-old has been in great form for FC Haka, bagging 21 goals and five assists in 34 games.

Yet it’s hard to see him being the answer to PNE’s goalscoring problems.

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Once highly touted as a real talent for the future at Motherwell, Erwin joined Leeds United and then joined Bury on loan, where he joined now-North End boss Ryan Lowe.

Erwin only played three times for Bury and never actually got onto the pitch with Lowe before heading to Oldham Athletic on loan.

The Scot played just 12 games for Leeds before leaving on a free transfer to join Kilmarnock in 2017.

Erwin’s goalscoring record hasn’t been amazing; eight in 44 games at Kilmarnock, four goals in six games at Tractor Sazi in Iran, one goal in 23 at Ross County and four goals in 42 at St Mirren.

We can appreciate that some players develop at different rates but Erwin was struggling for goals in Scotland before his move to Finland.

It’s hard to see Erwin being a success in the Championship and we’re doubting the rumours itself with Erwin unlikely to solve Preston’s problems.

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