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Report: Preston express interest in signing international defender, but Celtic want him too

Preston North End have expressed an interest in signing Heart of Midlothian defender John Souttar, amid interest from both Celtic and Rangers.

The Daily Record claim that Preston have joined the battle for Souttar’s signature.

Souttar is out of contract at the end of May. That means he can sign a pre-contract agreement from December 1st, with a real scramble for Souttar now taking place.

It’s claimed that Preston, Millwall, Middlesbrough, Luton Town, Queens Park Rangers, Birmingham City and Stoke City have all shown an interest.

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Oh, and so have North End’s bitter rivals Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers.

Up in Scotland, Celtic and Rangers are both interested in Souttar according to The Scottish Sun.

Souttar will be spoilt for choice when picking his next club as his Hearts contract winds down.

Souttar, 25, has been through injury hell in recent times. Remarkably, Souttar has ruptured an achilles tendon three times in the last five years.

Add in hip and ankle injuries, and Souttar hasn’t managed to live up to his potential.

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Now back to full fitness, Souttar is shining for Hearts and made himself a hero for Scotland by scoring against Denmark last week.

Souttar could be worth a gamble on a free transfer, but he would be just that – a gamble.

That injury history is a nightmare, and Preston have been burned by signing injury-prone players like Izzy Brown and Connor Wickham this year.

Preston would face an immense battle for Souttar, and North End may well need centre backs with Sepp van den Berg, Patrick Bauer and Andrew Hughes all leaving at the end of the season as things stand.

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