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Rumour Mill: Preston keen on Ronan Curtis but face Blackburn Rovers fight

Preston are interested in Ronan Curtis again but face a battle with rivals Blackburn Rovers in the race for the Portsmouth forward.

North End are being heavily linked with one attacker in Andre Gray but may still need to bring in other threats in the final third.

Seani Maguire and Ched Evans managed just three goals between them last season and their futures are far from secure at Deepdale.

With Cameron Archer potentially unlikely to return from Aston Villa, Preston could look elsewhere for goals.

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Preston are interested in Ronan Curtis

With that in mind, Preston are now being linked with a move for Portsmouth forward Ronan Curtis.

The Daily Record claim that Hibernian are targeting a deal for Curtis that could cost just £500,000 this summer.

Yet Hibs face a battle with Preston, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City in the race for Curtis.

Curtis, 26, is best known as a winger but did actually play a number of games as a striker for Portsmouth last season.

Curtis enjoyed a fine season, notching eight goals and eight assists in 43 League One outings for Pompey.

Pompey boss Danny Cowley has hailed Curtis for his ‘unique’ ability to get the crowd going.

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That versatility could be appealing to Ryan Lowe, who will have seen Curtis first-hand in League One during his time as Plymouth Argyle boss.

An Irish international who will know the likes of Alan Browne and Seani Maguire, Curtis does tick some boxes for North End.

Now inside the final year of his Portsmouth deal, Curtis is available for a decent price and can be something of a Swiss army knife in attack thanks to his versatility.

Preston wanted Curtis last summer but didn’t push through a move before the August deadline.

Now available for much cheaper, Curtis could be back on the Preston radar once more.

Rumour rating: 6/10. Curtis has been on Preston’s wish list in the past and the closer he gets to the end of his contract, the cheaper he will become. North End don’t play with wingers under Lowe though and signing him would mean him either committing to play as a striker or an attacking midfielder full-time, and Lowe may feel the money is better spent on naturals in those areas.

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