Preston are keen on Tayo Adaramola and are now battling Coventry City and Milton Keynes Dons in the race for the Crystal Palace teenager.
North End clearly need a left wing back addition or two this summer to suit Ryan Lowe’s 3-5-2 setup.
Villarreal’s Xavi Quintilla won’t receive a work permit to fill that role whilst free agent Robbie Brady has been on trial.
Youngster Lewis Coulton impressed in Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Bamber Bridge but signings are still expected.
Preston are keen on Tayo Adaramola
The Sun’s Alan Nixon now claims that Preston are part of a three-team race for Crystal Palace teenager Adaramola.
It’s stated that Coventry City are pushing to sign Adaramola and are chasing talks with him in the near future.
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Milton Keynes Dons are also interested with a real battle now emerging for the 18-year-old.
Adaramola, 18, came through in his native Ireland with St. Kevin’s Boys and St Mochta’s before heading to the Palace ranks in 2015.
Adaramola is a regular for Ireland at youth level and now has one Under-21 cap after previously turning out for the Under-17’s and Under-19’s.
Whilst Adaramola hasn’t yet played in the Premier League for Palace, he did make his first start for the club in an FA Cup tie against Stoke City on the 1st of March this year.
Palace boss Patrick Vieira has highlighted that Adaramola has real potential whilst Palace coaches think he has ‘supreme confidence on the ball’.
Palace even rejected the chance to sign now-Atletico Madrid defender Reinildo Mandava in January because they were confident in Adaramola being able to cover for Tyrick Mitchell.
Now may be the time for Adaramola to head out on loan and gain valuable playing time with Preston no doubt an appealing destination.
Sepp van den Berg and Cameron Archer – two youngsters with limited first-team experience before joining Preston on loan – become stars at Deepdale.
Adaramola could follow suit, but it currently looks like Coventry are leading the race for the teenager.
Rumour rating: 5/10. Given that Ryan Lowe wanted proven Championship quality, going for a relatively untested teenager would be a surprise. There is also an argument for using the club’s own young talent in Coulton rather than going for somebody like Adaramola. Still, the Palace teenager is a quality prospect and his desire to go forward could make him appealing on loan with North End desperately trying to get left wing backs through the door.