Preston boss Ryan Lowe believes funds would be made available for him if any player is to be sold before the transfer deadline.

It has been a quiet window in terms of other clubs looking to snap up Preston players.

Yet with just a couple of weeks of the window to go, North End are now facing unwanted interest in striker Emil Riis.

Middlesbrough are interested in snapping up Riis and are understood to have opened talks over a deal, according to The Northern Echo.


Preston are allegedly demanding at least £10million for Riis, who is under contract until 2025 and is coming off the back of a 20-goal season.

The Dane is only 24 as well, meaning there is plenty of potential still to be tapped into and North End will be well aware of that.

Boro do have money to spend on strikers even after signing Marcus Forss and Matthew Hoppe, with Riis now the prime target having backed away from Groningen’s Jorgen Strand Larsen.

Preston paid just £1.2million to sign Riis from Randers in 2020, so raking in millions in profit may well appeal to North End.

Fans are concerned though; just how much money would boss Lowe be given to spend in the transfer market if Riis is sold?

Many supporters feel that big money was brought in for both Jordan Hugill and Callum Robinson but they either replaced adequately.

The hope would be that, if Riis ends up leaving the club, Lowe would be backed in the transfer market to bolster the North End squad.

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Lowe has now told The Official EFL Podcast that his understanding is that any money coming in from player sales will be available to spend.

However, Lowe noted that he won’t allow anybody to leave unless he believes that they can be replaced – something that will be tough when it comes to Riis.

“The uncertainty in football is obviously high and you don’t know who’s coming along, but what we have got is a fantastic owner who doesn’t need to sell any players to recoup money back to pay wages or whatnot,” said Lowe. “I’m of the understanding that, if we did sell a player, the money would be available for me to spend, but what I won’t do is, I won’t sell one of our players – or any of our players for that matter – if I can’t replace them and if the money is not right,” he added.

Preston have been targeting two strikers all summer and have only brought in one so far, landing Troy Parrott on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

Signing that second striker has been tricky, so selling Riis would only add another striker to that wish list.

The money would give Preston some flexibility though and hearing Lowe publicly suggest that money will be put into the transfer kitty is an encouraging sign.

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